A marker notes that in 1717 Sir Richard Steele gave a dinner on this spot for a company of eccentric beggars. I love that this is seen as worth commemorating.
The contrast between Old Town and New Town was important for the Scottish Enlightenment's concept of a transition from feudalism to commercial society. (Marx later adapted this idea.)
There's very little traffic due to a huge project to put in trams that has made driving in the center nearly impossible.