Originally Posted by the urban politician
^ I don't see downtown Chicago's podiums being converted into retail anytime soon. There would need to be better transit to certain areas
Whether downtown highrise residents own a car or not doesn't really have very much to do with transit. My car sits less than 30 feet from a Red Line entrance, with a dozen bus lines within 600 feet. The car gets used about once a month, for some kind of trip that's just impractical on transit or even with carsharing: an all-day trip to the suburbs, carrying bulky things from home to office, a photo assignment in an out-of-the-way neighborhood, a Sunday night dinner invitation in the Bungalow Belt. My neighbors use their cars for weekend visits to Michigan, for taking mom to doctors' appointments, to transport dogs or kids, for getting to jobs in Elk Grove Village. For folks like us, a car is simply an occasionally useful or time-saving possession that has to be stored someplace.
Lots of these buildings have their own swimming pools. Is that because they're too far from the lake? Lots of these people also have big-screen televisions. Is that because there are insufficient cinemas in the area? Lots of them even have their own personal computers. Is that because the library has limited hours?