McKeldin Plaza features , well at this point featured a multi tiered waterfall feature. Integrated into the water feature was an elevated walkway that linked downtown hotels and residences to Harbor Place. One could walk from 2 Charles Center to the harbor without having to risk life and limb dodging motor vehicle traffic. Downtown drivers have little respect for pedestrians or bicycles.
The “they” in the title refers to the Downtown Partnership. The Partnership is an unelected and largely unaccountable agency managing the downtown “Benefits District”. The partnership is funded by mandatory fees levied against downtown property owners.
So for whatever reason (and the reason or lack of one is immaterial – the partnership does what it wants because city government is too feckless to do anything about it) it demolished the waterfall without oversight, and without public comment.