he problem comes from expectations.
"Why can't I live in the country and work 50 miles away? I have a car."
"I need my car for work"
What was once a luxoury is now a necessity. Such is the way of things.
If people actually used that large muscle that rests just behind their TV receptors, they'd realise that with a bit of planning and some decent infrastructur that all things are achievable, even the removal of cars from society..... just not by tomorrow.