So many people are using Metro, biking or walking to Nats games that parking near the stadium is going empty, and the Nats are going to let fans pay to use it instead of just season ticket holders.

But if we’re doing fine without parking, why encourage it? “Some city officials are quietly complaining that the change will encourage more people to drive instead of using Metro,” reports WTOP. How about converting the lower floors of the garages near the stadium to retail use, like DC wanted to in the first place (until the Lerners bullied them into dropping the idea)?

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.