Well it pretty much goes for sparely populated and or huge countries like the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand that it is car-centric but can you or are you less car-centric? When I was holidaying in Japan sans kids in 2012 with my Japanese friend, I quite liked how their suburbs were setup - you'd have a family car but that seems to be used only for 50+ kms trips or occasionally on weekends. I live about 650m from the station so I walk to the station to and back, getting off the tram to the workplace is negligible. It's sort of hard that apart from this I really cant be weaned off the car, especially with 3 raging sons below 7. Before kids and living alone and wanting to save a penny, despite holding a drivers licence, I never owned a car till I was 23. I used to rent on the outskirts of a suburb to save on rent but take the backstreets to the station by push bike. Heck, I used to ride at least 10kms to work or even house parties (max was 35kms to a party once) single trip...was offered a lift home. I noticed in Japan and places like Spain, Italy and the Netherlands (never been there but read) that these places are more densely pack but it pretty much promotes walking or bike riding. I loved the fact that for 2 months I was in Japan, I almost could get to most places by Public Transport, walking or bike riding.