Stateful Ethernet Bridging and it's effect on overall Internet topology.

I agree, however there are some implementations of this type of bridging that 'routing' would not be a good substitute for. Say mangling traffic going outbound for compression purposes (A La Redline (Yes I know redline does proxying and not bridging)). I guess my best question would be, is there a solution to the problem. Maybe a possible way of bridging the traffic without polluting the world with unnecessary broadcasts of MAC addresses and over-head ethernet frames. (Is there a way to strip that garbage from the outbound traffic generated by the bridge).