I've already had to turn down a couple of high-prestige projects for some remote stuff because of this.
If they're "high-prestige" why aren't you willing to move? It's not like you own that apartment you're renting. Move out when your lease comes up and make sure you tell management why you're doing it. Good tenants are hard to find, if you complain infrequently and pay your rent on time (less common than you'd think) they'll be sorry to see you go and will listen to your reasons for doing so.
Doesn't solve your problem in the short term but it's more effective for long term change than griping about the problem on Slashdot.