With the already-narrow west end of Sparks Street reduced further between Bay and Bronson to accommodate construction work at Christ Church Cathedral, pedestrians were relegated to the north sidewalk, which is all of a couple feet wide. It looks like the firm doing the work has widened the sidewalk temporarily with asphalt to allow pedestrians and wheelchair users to continue to Bronson.
A hack job, but it does the trick. (A previous version actually proposed to close this section of roadway once the condo was built and install a large piazza in front of the church, but as I understand it, that idea was dropped due to red tape with the City)
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