Hit & Run

Ira Stoll on Fixing a Broken Window

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Credit: akeg / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Some knucklehead threw a brick through Ira Stoll's car window the other night while the vehicle was parked on the street in Washington, D.C. But this isn't a column about how criminals are knuckleheads or about how the D.C. government is foolish to require out-of-town visitors to leave valuable bait for criminals on display overnight behind glass windshields, Instead, Stoll stops to marvel at the modern technology and free market competition that combined to get the car fixed, curbside, in less than three hours from when the police left the scene—and on a holiday weekend, no less.