Here's a link to Dave Moulton's terrific blog.
I encourage you to read his last couple of posts, particularly the most recent. Dave talks about Scandinavian countries that have never fallen into car dependence, and why they have escaped the excesses that most of the industrialized (and motorized) world has suffered.
Always a thoughtful writer on any number of subjects, Dave's early life in England and later life in the US give him insights that mono-nationals seldom have. He's also bi-coastal, providing more insights yet. I invariably enjoy my visits to his blog.