Your question was clearly rhetorical but if you ask me, the answer lies in Milton Friedman’s view of the corporation as a vehicle which exists ONLY to create value for its shareholders in the form of profit. Benefits for customers, employees and the general public are minimized in order to maximize shareholder profits. This often leads to visual ugliness, because ugly is cheap.
I see shareholders as owners, but I don’t see owners as the rightful beneficiary of every interaction with the company. There should be positive-net value in every interaction that a corporation has with another balance sheet. The investor relationship is not magical.
Thank you for replying with art!