That's your nostalgia filter at work. Its also a blank generalization. Are you part of the general public that only knows names thru cultural osmosis? There has been a great many geniuses over the last 100 to 150 years.
I understand the issue; it is something we deal with in Manhattan, NY. I don't understand the symbol; buses have never been associated with high status. Nor how the new commercial vehical regulations will resolve high housing cost, and class inequality. It don't look like the fees will subsides any affordable housing at all.