I’ve posted on the Scarth Street Mall breezeway before. Originally built in the mid-1990s, it had undergone a fair bit of deterioration in the succeeding two decades — to the point that long stretches of duct tape had to be used to repair rips in the flooring. The worn pebble on the floor also presented a hazard for pedestrians. When the floor was wet from tracked in snow and rain, the different grades along the breezeway created a lot of slick spots and slips and falls were not uncommon.
Local merchants and residents contacted the city about the issue in late 2012, and were informed that plans were in the works to upgrade the breezeway in the second quarter of 2013. That didn’t happen, but last night a crew was in the breezeway ripping up the old flooring, so it looks like renovations, which are the joint responsibility of the city and Harvard Developments, are underway.