Lovable Streets

Acorn Street

Acorn Street, Boston. Image credit: Sarah G

For good reason, many small streets are constructed of durable materials such as brick, Belgian block, and cobblestones. By their nature small streets require less paving material. Therefore, it’s cost-effective to shape them with beautiful, high quality materials. Brick and stone streets are much more charming than the asphalt of conventional streets and age gracefully.

For their lasting character and durability, many cities and towns choose to maintain their small streets in original condition for one hundred years or more. The cobblestones of Acorn Street in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston have been lovingly maintained for over 180 years.


Manciano, Tuscany, Italy. Image Credit: Juergen Kurlvin

Residents of small streets have less space in front of their houses, which means less time and money spent on landscaping. Almost every resident of a small street, rich or poor, can afford to place a few potted plants outside his or her door. Flowers transform the street into a lovely, rejuvenating public space. Because small streets are primarily for people rather than for cars, they are quiet and peaceful places to make conversation.

Residents of small streets enjoy the luxury to pay attention to every detail, creating a picture-perfect place to call home. Guests enjoy a path to the front door as welcoming as the house itself.

Something as simple as a slight curve in a small street creates a sense of wonder and beauty. What treasures might lie ahead?