Category Archives: The Garden District

The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Central City/Garden District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: St. Charles Avenue to the north, 1st Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south and Toledano Street to the west. The National Historic Landmark district extends a little further.The area was originally developed between 1832 to 1900.

It may be one of the best preserved collection of historic southern mansions in the United States. The 19th century origins of the Garden District illustrate wealthy newcomers building opulent structures based upon the prosperity of New Orleans in that era. The best way see the sights of the Garden District is by street car.

Streetcars in New Orleans have been an integral part of the city’s public transportation network since the first half of the 19th century. The longest of New Orleans’ streetcar lines, the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, is the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world, according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Today, the streetcars are operated by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

There are currently three operating streetcar lines in New Orleans: The St. Charles Avenue Line, the Riverfront Line, and the Canal Street Line. The St. Charles Avenue Line is the only line that has operated continuously throughout New Orleans’ streetcar history (though service was interrupted after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and resumed only in part in December 2006, as noted below). All other lines were replaced by bus service in the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s; preservationists were unable to save the streetcars on Canal Street, but were able to convince the city government to protect the St. Charles Avenue Line by granting it historic landmark status. In the later 20th century, trends began to favor rail transit again. A short Riverfront Line started service in 1988, and service returned to Canal Street in 2004, 40 years after it had been shut down.

The wide destruction wrought on the city by Hurricane Katrina and subsequent floods from the levee breaches in August 2005 knocked all three lines out of operation and damaged many of the streetcars. Service on a portion of the Canal Street line was restored in December of that year, with the remainder of the line and the Riverfront line returning to service in early 2006. On December 23, 2007, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) extended service from Napoleon Avenue to the end of historic St. Charles Avenue (the “Riverbend”). On June 22, 2008 service was restored to the end of the line at South Carrollton Avenue & South Claiborne Avenue.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Mystic Blue Signs Hand Lettering Class

Mystic Blue Signs Hand Lettering Class Hello everyone, Attached is the February newsletter from the Center for the Lettering Arts. The new session of the hand lettering class starts next Thursday. For more information call us at 504-525-4691. Eve and … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Lingerie

Lingerie   House of Lounge New Orleans    2044 magazine street, new orleans 70130  /  504.671.8300 tuesday – saturday / 11am to 6pm / monday by appt. only   Babydoll, a short nightgown, or negligee intended as nightwear for women. Basque, a tight, … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Knoll Sale – Design Within Reach New Orleans

The Knoll Sale @ Design Within Reach The 15% discount is valid September 24–October 3, 2010. Plus, orders of $3,000 or more will qualify for a free upgrade to White Glove delivery service (be sure to select White Glove delivery … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Design Within Reach

My day started out badly. While moving a fridge from the fourth floor to the second, I dropped it on my middle finger of my right hand. Blood everywhere. And as it happened, I am thinking something good is going … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Mystic Blue Custom Wood Signs

Gulf Oil Spil 56 custom wood signs Another week goes by, and another trip to the Garden District to cash my pay check. My destination is a bank on Magazine Street. One can not help but get a little sickened … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog The Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Experts anticipate that the greatest number of animals affected will be sea turtles. Hundreds of sea turtles are expected to be stranded along Louisiana’s beaches in the upcoming days. Audubon New Orleans is working closely with…full story

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans

ok, I got paid today from my day job. So I had to walk down to the bank on Magazine St. to cash my check. I have a Bank of America account, but funny how BOA is not really BOA because … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog “It’s all happening at the Audubon Zoo New Orleans”

Glen has been with the Audubon Zoo since 1979.  This zoo is like the San Diego Zoo, the animals have large habitats and seem very happy. The elephant came right up to me and windmilled her trunk. Then she batted … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Courtyard Grill Magazine Street New Orleans

Just passing by and caught the owner out front.  Nothing like a nice lady who wants to feed you. (504) 875-4165  4430 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Magazine Street Garden District New Orleans

Magazine Street is one of many famous New Orleans streets. Located in the New Orleans Garden District, Magazine st. can easily be accessed by the St. Charles line of the New Orleans street car system. Visit Magazine St. today. Continue reading

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