That was Mike Mearls back in 3e. Mike even worked for Monte Cook back in the Malhavoc Press days, and one thing that is consistent with Monte Cook products is that there is some intention behind ease of use design decisions.Sure we might be crying into the wind, but there‘s a reasonable chance that an Enworld regular might be hired by WotC and take these cries in.
Neither Mearls nor Crawford made their reputations writing Adventures. Rodney Thompson did everything, but Rodney left WotC.
Gygax, Zeb Cook, and Monte Cook did garner some fandom for Adventures they penned. Likely not a coincidence.
I would say let's see how the new D&D Brand President takes things.If Gary Gygax did a better job organizing a text than you did, you need to get religion or something.
There was a lack of strong leadership on product identity previously.
Dragon Heist has tons of useful content, it basically is Waterdeep and the North coupled with a lot of the Appendix section from Undermountain. Unfortunately no one decided if they wanted an Adventure or a Gazetteer.
SKT suffers from the same problem
Icewind Dale is an Adventure in my opinion. A 2 page write up on a 50 person village with open ended plot threads isn't a gazetteer entry...it is the essence of the Village of Hommlet.
My suggestion to encourage change....keep a constant stream of POLITE pressure on Crawford, Mearls and D&D Senior Leadership on Twitter, and on all Survey Feedback...requesting permanent staff be hired to just work on Adventures.
Express that color photos and artwork does not equal clear maps or layout, for example.
We should also recognize that personal preference is somewhat unique. I don't use random encounter tables...never have...probably never will.
I don't use Boxed Text....I use my own descriptions.
So when an Adventure lacks either or both of those features, I don't really care at all.