Oh hells yeah, dude. 2008? With the economy in ruins and oil at $140/bbl? Every shit service sector job no longer paid for itself if you have to burn $30 in gas to make $45 for the day. A vast swath of the Inland Empire stayed the fuck home. Los Angeles was EMPTY. The air was clear. The roads were wide open. It was fucking amazing.
The problem is that American cities evolved under the automobile, which means they're all about point-to-point. A hub/spoke paradigm simply doesn't suit vast swaths of American suburbia. And thus are we mired.