I no longer felt that this car reflected who I was, that instead it represented all of the things I didn't want in my life. It was the opposite of what I wanted -- it was stifling, expensive, inefficient, and unnecessary.
Cars aren't going to disappear any time soon. They're pretty handy for deliveries and carrying loads. But as gas prices creep ever upwards, and the exurbs continue to die a slow death, we're going to be relying on them less and less.