So a thought came to my mind which covers not only Cessna planes but all others.
The Taildraggers need a little bit less runway becayse AOA on takeoff is good and that AOA eliminates the need of flaps on takeoff. This isnt so important anymore because most people live near to an airstrip unless they live in remote places.
They operate better in pale dirt runways because taildragger landing gear gets pressure from the weight of the engines etc. This is again not much needed because decently sized airstrips arent that rare and Cessna's dont need much landing distance anyway plus nobody lands on top of an mountain.
So why buy an inferior tricycle plane? Comfort? Because its so hard to operate and tractor tyred plane?
Thats exactly why I hate C172. Make an short range prop plane and add a tricycle gear? Which crazy person got that idea?