Congrats to local writer (and editor of alt-weekly The Stranger) Dan Savage for getting this letter into the NYT:

Here’s an idea for Google: locate your offices near where people live rather than transporting them all over the San Francisco Bay area.

Most “Googlers” are young and live in San Francisco, where they can find affordable housing and enjoy an urban lifestyle. Surely Google can afford a high-rise office in downtown San Francisco.

Given the obvious need to curtail carbon dioxide emissions, enlightened companies should set an example by locating in downtown areas, where mass transit is ready and waiting.

Establishing corporate campuses in suburban communities like Mountain View, where only a handful of the richest Googlers can afford to live, and busing in thousands of urban employees, makes little sense in an environmentally challenged era.