It rained a lot last week but I went out anyway and rediscovered that old truth that wet sidewalks look much better than dry ones. This seems to be especially true in Boston because we have brick. Our good-looking sidewalks were featured at the end of almost every episode of Ally McBeal, as I recall, when Ally would ruminate on her life as she walked home from work to her Beacon Hill loft (I know) along beautiful, shiny wet "Boston" streets.
Wet slate or bluestone in the courtyard at the Boston Public Library:
This was a very crowded scene yesterday, when it was sunny and warm:
Marlborough Street, where the brick facades turn darker when wet, too:
Harvard Yard, where a red chestnut was blooming: