One of my favourite books has a quote “Man’s greatest enemy is his fellow man, because only men take pleasure in inflicting pain”.
I always think of this when I take trains in Tokyo. A lot of the work in such modern cities is people working on their computers - what is the need to mandate people to come to a fixed place at 9 AM every day. People could come to work later or earlier or take a couple of days off - work from some beach or a cafe. Most meetings too, could be online; they will be more efficient that way. Even a 20 to 30% reduction in peak hour crowd or daily commute would make everyone else’s day so pleasant.