Decorative brick: check
Handicap accessible curbs: check
Pleasant vegetation of various hardy species: check
Everything on the engineer's checklist for making a place pedestrian friendly is in place and ready to go. Yet....
Stupid design failure that clearly demonstrates the clueless nature of the designers of this space: check
The reality is that this would never be allowed to happen if it were infrastructure for automobiles. This routinely happens only for pedestrian infrastructure. Why? Because we have obsessive attention to detail on the things that matter to us and only pay superficial heed to those that don't.
People as an afterthought: check
City facing future insolvency: check