Yeah, I just mentioned mass transit as the other option, because that was the option before personal automobiles became feasible in the 20th century. To spur the growth of car production, what's been called the Highway Lobby (carmakers, oil companies) lobbied for the removal of lightrail streetcar and trains from major cities and succeeded in all but the largest and most densely populated cities where car driving isn't very feasible. And it's become legendary today, but in order to build a national network of free and near free highways across America, Dwight Eisenhower made the highway project a national defense priority.I agree with your sentiment but would quibble about the mass transit issue. I don't support more roads, but I don't think mass transit is money that well spent. I would rather see us move away from current work models toward virtual officing and telecommuting.
Looking further off into the more distant future (assuming it will still be there) even those who aren't among a minority with jobs that would be available with telecommuting will have to re-localize, to living in smaller communities and in ways people lived prior to the mad rush to industrialization of the past century.