Exactly. This doesn't have to do backflips. It's just some connective tissue in the core. Keep it simple & easy to maintain, and we all win.
I agree completely, but I think they got the basic refresh wrong.
They should have hired PMA; it should have felt like a simple, clean, natural transition from St James Park to Market Street.
The lighting should have remained 'Victorian', the pavers chosen should have mimicked those for Market Street, with heritage-style benches and the basics.
The basics being, one nice, small flower display (4-season display), one drinking fountain, one water feature (simple, straight-forward and winterized)
No hand warmers, no misters, no bizarre lighting system suspended mid-air, no specialty components of any kind, no material programming.