Better than a gas tax holiday|
There are a a ton of reasons why the USA's style of urban planning is just plain bad. Leaving out the environmental costs, the biggest problem with it, is that it makes it impossible for those who can/should not drive, to live normal lives. Completely stranding the young, the elderly, the physically challenged, the mentally challenged, the substance abusers, the poor, and the chronically irresponsible, is not an appropriate urban plan. When you create this type of environment, people who know they should not drive, but who kinda sorta can, get behind the wheel, and people get hurt.
This structure didn't happen by accident. It was chosen, most of us adapted, those who didn't adapt are not visible in public life, and most people can't conceive of anything else. They imagine that this is just the automatic, accidental result of "freedom" as if no decisions were made and we all just fell into this pattern by accident. But there were decisions here. This is not a level playing field.
The higher gas prices are going to hurt us all. But if people can take a little wisdom from it, and make some different choices, perhaps we'll reach a new equilibrium where people can choose not to drive and still live normal lives, instead of being forced to drive when they really don't belong behind the wheel, just so they can live somewhere decent and put food on the table.