Beacon and Commonwealth
Parts of Boston's major roads are wide and tree-lined. It is not too hard to imagine people Promenading with good posture and lifting long dresses to avoid piles of horsecrap.
According to the old reproduced maps in the Boston Public Library Cafe, Commonwealth and Beacon Avenues have been thorough-fares for hundreds of years. That they were once dusty and full of horse-and-carriages makes them feel like Boulevards now.
That just beyond Kenmore Square the buildings along Comm. and Beacon are rarely more than 10 stories high and the avenues are so wide makes it so that there is a ton of light and sky to go along with a lot of people and vehicle; The shape, light, and possibly function of the place have probably not changed a lot in the last few hundred years.
This is not comforting or quaint. It feels off.