Old Faith­ful

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Trav­el­ers and lo­cals alike rec­og­nize Bos­ton’s glass-faced, sky­high John Han­cock Tower, now tech­ni­cally named 200 Claren­don. Across the street, its sis­ter build­ing known as the Old John Han­cock is more diminu­tive in size but no less leg­endary. In fact, lo­cals look to it for weather pre­dic­tions—yep, you read that right. Its spire lights up in var­i­ous pat­terns and col­ors de­pend­ing on the fore­cast. If you know the poem, “Steady blue, clear view. Flash­ing blue, clouds due. Steady red, rain ahead. Flash­ing red, snow in­stead,” you know whether or not to carry an um­brella.

Old John Han­cock build­ing and its spire

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