After exploring the water front I started to explore Canal St.
“Canal Street is a major thoroughfare in the city of New Orleans. Forming the upriver boundary of the city’s oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter (Vieux Carré), it acted as the dividing line between the older French/Spanish Colonial-era city and the newer American Sector, today’s Central Business District.
Canal Street, looking toward the river, December 2005 (post-Katrina). Though downtown largely escaped the catastrophic destruction that occurred elsewhere, for months after Katrina it, like much of the city, was a veritable ghost town.
Up until the early 1800s, it was the French and Spanish who lived in the French Quarter. When the Louisiana Purchase was made, a large influx of new cultures began finding their way into the city via the Mississippi River. A number of Americans from Kentucky and other Midwestern states moved to the city and settled uptown. Along the division between these two cultures, a canal was planned to be constructed. The canal was never built and the street that took its place was named in its honor. Furthermore, the median of the street became known as the neutral ground acknowledging the cultural divide. To this day, all medians of streets in New Orleans are referred to as such.
One end of Canal Street terminates at the Mississippi River. Often called “The foot of Canal Street”, at the riverfront the Canal Street Ferry offers a connection to the Algiers Point neighborhood, an older, 18th century portion of the larger Algiers area across the river. Canal Street’s other terminus is in Mid-City at a collection of cemeteries. Slightly offset from Canal Street’s Mid-City end is the beginning of Canal Boulevard, which extends to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain via the Lakeview neighborhood.
The street has three lanes of traffic in both directions, with a pair of streetcar tracks in the center. Canal Street’s downtown segment serves as the hub of the city’s mass transit system, with numerous streetcar and bus line terminals.
You can find everything on Canal St, from theatres, to souvenir stores, restaurants, shopping and high end hotels. Yes, lovely High End hotels unlike the simple hotel I was staying at. And there were these amazing Christmas Decorations.
Here are some of the pictures I took on Canal St.
- Christmas Caribbean Cruise 2012 part 3 (ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com)