who are so entrenched in the mentality that "everyone" wants to be forced to drive
I don't think that at all, however I know I want to drive, and I do think the majority is with me (in my city). Why should we cater to some group of hipsters who want to live within and rarely leave a few city blocks in a downtown core? They'll probably find driving cool again in a few years, when I don't know, they have a family.
Most people, including me, appreciate those parking spaces and so no wonder you are greeted with concern about your proposals.