@mattmanning yep, that part I fully understand; that's how I grew up. But it's also part of why I chose to leave.
@Cruftbox not sure I'll grant that so easily. Same size towns in other countries are built around modern transport that's not cars.
@anildash people like to get into stuff. The internet, cars, sports, etc. If there's a <thing>, somewhere, there's someone for whom...
@Cruftbox no, I think there are local, human-scale solutions appropriate to different communities which don't rely on everyone buying cars.