Which is why it's important to have decent transportation. People are going to make whatever tradeoff between their preferred living situation, their commute, and their budget suits them. This whole discussion is acting like you can just order people where to live, but the goal in planning should be to provide options. If one of the options is astronomically overpriced compared to everything else, it means there's not enough of that choice available.
Like really what most people want, I think, is to live no more than 30 minutes away from work. The mode of transport to get there doesn't much matter, but you can fit a lot more people within a 30 minute door-to-door trip via metro or commuter rail at medium density than you can with endless freeway sprawl on one-acre lots.
We're basically built out as a nation on that front, so adding new housing around an existing employment center means either allowing more density within the 30-minute transit commute shed, adding more transit to expand the radius, or tolerating a longer commute out to the ever-expanding sprawl frontier.