Here's one that ought to piss some people off: An article applauding Fire Island--yeah, that Fire Island--for remaining (virtually) car-free lo these many years.
Check it out. Is that a better life?
And a question: If it is a better life, why don't more people live that way? The article makes it sound simple enough.
It wouldn't have to be a ferry. The linear nature of the island naturally brings to mind a rail line. Something like this could work in any suburban setting, if people had a mind to make it work and the equivalent of the freight boat was available for bulky deliveries.
Anybody looking forward to that?