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But it was difficult to get around in Boston if you weren't going somewhere along the Red Line.

Apparently we have different notions of "difficult".

But would it change in a way that made people's lives better, or worse? You'd be making transportation more expensive, and more difficult, for the average person - to say nothing of the second-order effects.

That is the question being debated, but my understanding of the data is that it makes lives better by a wide margin. Where ever it has been applied, congestion pricing increases in popularity within a couple of years. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/07/720805841/city-dwellers-dont-...

Typically gaining majority approval of participants once the benefits are realized. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/dec/08/congestion-cha...

The folks who gain the most from free public transportation are the poor, not a bad demographic to help.

Are you actually helping them, or just trying to get them to live the sort of lives that you would prefer to be around?

A bit of both and it is the same philosophy behind zoning laws, litter penalties, and noise restrictions. Are you against urban planning to improve quality of life?

Perhaps a discussion should be had about the relationship between urban quality of life and walking.

"...In both studies, walkability turned out to be a significant predictor of perceived quality of life in a city. As such, previous studies concerning a relationship between pedestrian-friendly spaces and well-being related variables were confirmed...

...Previous research found that people living in more walkable neighborhoods are more eager to volunteer, work on community projects, and meet with friends (Rogers et al. 2011). People who live in walkable neighborhoods are more likely to know their neighbors, participate politically, trust each other, and be socially engaged (Leyden 2003). As Leyden (Ibid.) argued, a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood enables residents to interact....
". https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4115181/
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