The Academic mall is a huge improvement over what was there apparently. Xavier has spent a lot of money in its appearance -- more so than other schools, and it really shows.
Closing Herald Avenue west of Ledgewood to Dana to all vehicles and creating a pedestrian corridor was a great first step for the university -- although that pesky stub still exists near Dana to serve a now-abandoned house (elderly lady held out for many years; she died and its now abandoned).
A portion of Ledgewood north of Herald to a Cintas Center access road was also closed in another project, since the area is heavily trafficked by pedestrians. It retains a one-lane brick path that meanders around for utility vehicles.
I'm not for sure if more of Herald west of the railroad tracks or if Ledgewood north of Dana will be closed as part of the Hoff Academic Quad project, but it would be nice. They don't really carry that much traffic, and utility vehicles can always be exempted.
Speaking of, our utility vehicles have mostly been replaced with small, electric vehicles. They are really nice and should be a model for other universities. I wonder where they charge them up at.