Originally Posted by MacTripper
And why can't the Chicago subway system renovate it's own station?
I happen to know this, since I live here, but a quick bit of searching would have told you that the CTA is facing a HUGE shortfall in its budget, requiring not only increased rates but also significant cuts in personnel and services.
In that climate, spending to renovate what is a perfectly serviceable, if quaintly run-down and dingy, station is not going to happen. Apple wants that station to look nice, so Apple's willing to pay for that. That sounds like a perfectly reasonable choice to me.
If Apple wanted that station to look nice, and thus pressured the CTA to renovate it for them, using taxpayer's scarce resources to do so, THAT would be, well, crappy.
I'd rather live in a world where more corporations followed Apple's lead here: Apple wants some improvement to a public infrastructure, so they work with public entities by providing funding to improve that public infrastructure, rather than pressuring public sector entities, to spend money how the corporation wants it to.
I'm now paying for renovations to a Chicago subway station that I will never use.
Not if you feel so strongly about this, that you choose to stop giving money to Apple.
Under the vision you suggest, instead, every citizen of Illinois would be paying for Apple to have better advertising. Apple employs several hundred people in Illinois, so only a few hundred of us would have any payback for that expenditure.
Chicago's failure isn't our problem and we shouldn't be paying for it through higher costs for our computers.
I think it's important to note that the existing North & Clybourn station is perfectly serviceable, works fine, nothing WRONG with it at all-- it's just not very pretty. So, there's no impetus right now to update it, using public money-- there's nothing that needs fixing. So, there's no "Chicago's failure" here: nothing's failed about that station, it's just not AS PRETTY as Apple would like it to be.