When I visited the Back Bay a week ago most of Boylston Street was still cordoned off.
Boylston Street reopened this past Wednesday but Saturday was really the first day that people returned in force. It felt like I was walking down Fifth Avenue. You only see crowds like this on Boylston Street on New Year's Eve and, well, the Boston Marathon.
I went to both spots where the explosions took place. Three years ago, I watched the Marathon half a block from where the first explosion occurred. I shudder to think what might have happened had I been standing there nearly a fortnight ago.
A few feet away from the site of the first explosion stood a young man with a placard spouting conspiracy theories about CIA involvement in the attack. I tuned him out. There were, however, an abundance of street musicians. I tuned them in.
I suspect Boylston Street will be very crowded this summer.