jjoyce wrote:I can't wait until they finish upgrading Library Mall. It's been depressing walking through there in the summer and seeing the stone benches literally falling apart. What used to be one of the prettiest parts of campus has been rotting for years now, waiting to be developed as part of this east campus master plan.
I like this idea of the pedestrian mall that extends from the lake to the SERF.
Which part are you talking about? The 700 block of State Street (in between Memorial Library and the bookstore) was supposed to be done last summer I think, but got delayed due to city budgetary pressures.
The poor area around the fountain has been torn open more summers than not for the past several years. It pretty much IS done now, except as the only open space for several blocks it is now construction staging for the Union and Alumni Park.
It's been almost schizophrenic in planning, at least from an observer's perspective ... when they resodded last spring, they left a big area by Langdon Street (and closer to Memorial Library) unsodded and covered with straw. A few weeks later this is where they put the construction offices for the projects across the street. Then I guess they needed more room, because they've taken up the area around the fountain and all the way to the Historical Society, covering thousands of dollars in sod with construction materials.
I desperately hope they can clear out by spring.