1. Cow paths are not to blame for the confusing city streets.
There is a popular myth that Boston’s lack of order with its streets is due to the cow paths that were there before the city was built. It turns out that the real reason was the first settlers in Boston claimed where they wanted to live, but left the urban planning including the streets as an afterthought. Thanks to this oversight, you can easily be swallowed up by the tangle of Boston’s streets that makes no sense to anyone, including the locals.