Yes WT certainly listen and then actually adjust plans. Some (but certainly not all) City staff are good listeners too and it is always worth contacting them with suggestions or concerns - particularly if one does so it a respectful manner (and understands that many things they 'approve' are choices that are legitimately made by others - primarily developers and property owners!I might have had something to do with that......
(not involved in the design, but this is a discussion I had directly w/WT)
Several other changes in the QQE design also mirror suggestions I made.
In my experience WT staff are often good listeners.