Nah what >>1869480
Same shit happened to Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia.
Yes, public transport is much better but it feels like it's only purpose is to pragmatically relieve car traffic, not to make it a nice place to live.
There is the usual ignorance of space.
If you're a pedestrian you're going to walk single file in denser areas.
If you're a cyclist you're going to deal with 0.7m bike "paths" (illegal, paint on the sidewalk, made to steal some EU green funds) that are mostly covered by bumpers from parked cars and pedestrians trying to overtake and pass each other. It serves no purpose other than to 'legally' delegate cyclists off the road.
Picrel, Zagreb, Croatia.
The exact location is practically the center of the city proper. We have two of these roads cutting trough the densest part of downtown and many more just outside of it. God forbid we have more than four pedestrianized streets in the entire city.
There is something about Countries that historically had strongman complexes and material insecurities that does this. They dig themselves into this hole mid-century and breed whole generations that are going to defend it to death. This is a corrupted imitation of western civilization, upheld by weak men who mistake social isolation and physical laziness with success.