The mindset of an urban planner in a big city here is quite different than in the US. In the US, planners are often advocates (be that good or bad) for a more car-free city. However, here in Shenzhen I get asked by planning colleagues why I do not own a car. I have been asked that question a lot.

In a city and country where most people do not own cars, urban planning decisions are made by people who own and drive cars. Traffic and parking are enforced by people who own cars.

You know they are right. maybe I should buy a car. In the city as it is now, it is rational to buy and use a car.