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Description - Canal Street by Peggy Scott Laborde

Based upon a WYES-TV documentary, Canal Street: New Orleans Great Wide Way tells the history and social life of New Orleans main thoroughfare, from its inception in 1807 to its current revival and rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina. This exhaustive urban history recalls, celebrates, and documents the contributions Canal Street made to New Orleans cultural, artistic, commercial, religious, and political landscape. Canal Street was considered the border of a new city, and its potential site for a canal ultimately spawned the streets name. Understanding the development of Canal Street (at 170 feet, 6 inches the widest business district street in the country) means understanding the development of New Orleans specifically, its business and garden districts, once called the American Quarter, and the French Quarter, which Canal Street divides. Fifteen chapters document the evolution of this multifaceted street, including Mardi Gras, the cemeteries, shopping, entertainment, railways, the Mississippi River, social issues, streetcars, hotels, Christmas, and more. Vintage and contemporary photographs make this book a necessity for historians, visitors, and nostalgic former or current residents.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781589803374
ISBN-10: 158980337X
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 216mm x 22mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Pelican Publishing Co
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peggy Scott Laborde

Peggy Scott Laborde is the producer and host of Steppin Out, which airs on WYES-TV in New Orleans. Her professional accomplishments have earned her awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, Public Relations Society of America, and American Women in Radio and Television. She has garnered praise for her extensive efforts in conserving the arts and history of New Orleans. John T. Magill currently serves as The Historic New Orleans Collection curator and head of both research services and the reading room at Williams Research Center. He lectures regularly about various aspects of New Orleans life and history, including the Civil War, Mardi Gras, urban growth, and neighborhood histories.

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