That maybe true but that was a truly soulless plaza no one ever used. If it were southern facing and more sun got to it maybe people would have used it. Hopefully the new programming will spice it up, it would be nice to have another vibrant public area there
The FAA height ceilings seem rooted in something other than reality. The financial district just happens to allow for 600,700, 800ft buildings but further out from the airport behind it the height ceiling is lower.