That was quite an improvement huh?
Centennial Square has been somewhat of a perceived disaster from its very inception.
It probably would have been best to leave it as it was. It would probably be a veritable warren of cool little boutiques and hip restaurants today ... instead of the big, dead blank hole in the middle of town it's turned out to be.
When Centennial Square was first built, it was the hippies that got all the bad press. They even put hard plaster spackle on the smooth concrete of the fountain surround ... this to prevent the hippies from sitting on it and "hanging around".
Go have a sit on it today, it's just as uncomfortable now as when they first came up with the idea. You won't last more than 30 seconds trying to sit there.
Today it's street kids, drug dealers, and general miscreants.
The more things change ....... (or do they?)