When I first moved away from home, I left my Saturn at home. Now that I'm back at home, my Dad bought me a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It's an 02, has over 200k kilometers on it, and I love the freedom. Yes, it costs a little money, but it's technically a company car so fuel, repairs, etc are paid for. If I want to drive out to the mountains on a weekend, I can do it. if I decide I want a hotdog from sev, I don't have to walk ten blocks on my fifteen minute lunch break.
When I first moved from town, I lived in a posh area, I was eight blocks from work. That job was not car friendly and they wanted me to be on a waiting list for parking. Some guys were on the list, just because they "might buy a car later on, and a spot is 30 bucks a month".
If I get a job in that field again, I'll bring my Jeep. Some of my co-workers would carpool in a BMW convertible. Come winter, they were screwed.
It's possible to get around without a car, especially in larger centers. I remember walking over twenty blocks to see the Symphony at the WIndsmere Center, only to make a mad dash for the taxi stand at the Westin later after the show. I wasn't comfortable walking around downtown Edmonton in a suit at 11PM.