At the end of today's stage (11) the EuroVision webcast was showing some of the sights. A modern building caught my eye, but not just because it was unusual. The building itself was curved, about one-fifth of a circle. If you started walking along the roof in a clockwise direction you would descend from a height of about eight stories to two stories and your path would widen substantially. As much as I was intrigued by that shape, what really stood out was the fact that this large building wasn't surrounded by a parking lot. In fact, there did not appear to be anyplace to put a car; the entire area around the structure was a garden. It really reminded me of Isaac Asimov's planet Aurora.
Unless there is some hidden underground car storage, the people who work there are arriving without cars. Since it is well away from any other structures (IIRC, there was at least a quarter mile of clear space, likely more), it is unlikely to have much public transit service. I have worked in buildings where very few of my colleagues drive in, but that was decades ago and the buildings still had massive parking lots (that are now all full). To tie this back to cycling, do you suppose the reason so many of the strong riders in the Tour are French is because they value a garden more than a parking lot while Americans cannot conceive of a destination without car storage?