"Stop and smell the flowers!"
My first introduction to Marlborough Street was, I'm ashamed to admit, as a cut-through for when there was really bad traffic on Mass Ave coming over from Cambridge. I was initially annoyed by all the crosswalks and red lights, but at one point looked up from my dashboard frustration and actually appreciated the quaint beauty of the street. I vowed to come back and walk it, and I did-much to my delight. It's now one of my favorite walking places in Boston. It boasts the same charming colonial brick as many other streets in the Back Bay/Beacon Hill area, but it gives the weary city-dweller a much-needed dose of green and quiet (apart, of course, from the occasional annoyed driver).