Until I think of a better name, I am labeling this "bike parking phenomenon A."
BPP-A is described like this: "A bicyclist will choose an inferior, unsanctioned, or inappropriate object to which to lock their bicycle if said object is closer to their final destination than a superior, sanctioned, or appropriate object."
In this case, you see bicycles locked to handrails near the Whole Foods store entrance and not at the bike rack near the curb. Handrails are ALWAYS inappropriate places to lock bicycles because of others' need for the assistance handrails provide and because they block destination ingress and egress.
As seen in Seattle in the South Lake Union area (probably closer to "north Downtown core" though).
Read my latest coverage of the "50 feet rule," about a Whole Foods superstore in Chicago, on Steven can plan.