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Outside arena, Flatbush Avenue sidewalk rehab (from rust and, likely, cracks)

Remember how the pre-rusted metal exterior of the Barclays Center is still dripping, as reported in November (and reprised this month)?

On 12/18/12, after the groundbreaking ceremony for B2, the first Atlantic Yards tower, at Dean Street off Flatbush Avenue, I walked back along Flatbush to the arena plaza.

There, several pieces of sidewalk were sectioned off for refurbishment. In some cases, there were cracks, but these also were places where rust had dripped. However, the work extended well beyond the perimeter of the oculus, so the issue was more than rust.

If the problem was just cracked sidewalks, then doesn't the remediation suggest there was an easier way to fight blight?