Streets often look better at night, and it helps if they're lit up by more light bulbs than is strictly necessary.
The following two photos are of the Blackpool Illuminations and were taken in the late 80s with my Ricoh KR10 SLR. I set up a tripod in the road, and no one paid me any attention at all. I'm not sure if that would be the case today.
This was taken in the late 80s on Madeira, and it shows the Monte Sledge Ride about to depart with the latest batch of victims - sorry, tourists.

 Royal Holloway campus, west London.
 Another view of the Holloway campus. This was taken without a tripod, but with a handy wall. I like the Star Trek transporter vibe going on here.
 Offices in Chelmsford, Essex.