Get money out of politics first
Regarding Walter Rybeck’s excellent Nov. 26 Local Opinions essay, “Metro can recapture some of the value it creates”:
When a Metro station is built, local real estate values rise dramatically and the private sector gets a significant financial benefit. But real estate developers are a primary source of campaign contributions for local elections, and they have opposed this concept for years.
Until we get money out of local (all, really) politics, recapturing these values will not be possible. Mr. Rybeck identified a real funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority that could solve a lot of Metro’s problems, and it makes a lot of sense. But the political reality is that it may never happen. Tim Gillespie, Chevy Chase