All good points, especially about highway-based towns. I hadn’t really thought about that before.
I suppose partly I am just optimistic about human adaptability. The attendants at I-5 gas stations hopefully won’t remain stuck in place in an electric, self-driving future. I think they’ll move and find other opportunities, and maybe better opportunities because technology makes the world better. Of course, you are right that this is more challenging for some people, especially those toward the end of their careers.