I went out for a walk after the snow stopped and the sun (sort of) came out. Besides the snow piled up along the side of the roads and the lack of traffic, I was trying to figure out what felt so much different than usual, and why the roads seemed so much larger and more expansive -- when in fact they were narrower (100% of road width wasn't plowed).
It finally came to me -- the parking ban! At least I think Framingham had a parking ban, requiring all cars off the streets so roads could be plowed.
I know it's not feasible, but it sure would be great if there were no parked cars for pedestrians to have to walk around, on streets where there are no sidewalks....
View of road without any parked cars