Briefly... I've long been an advocate that Brussels is worth far more than a cursory glance at the Grand Place and Mannekin Pis, but even I had to admit that the city could be a little dirty. Well, I returned today for the first time in about 3 years, and to my surprise, the city is much cleaner than I remember. Yes, there's still too much graffiti in Brussel Centraal, and it still smells like old urine. But otherwise, they've really cleaned up many of the buildings and a lot of the seemingly endless construction projects have finally finished. You still won't mistake it for Paris, but now you won't mistake it for Liege or Charleroi either.