Royal and Canal Street in New Orleans - Framed Picture - 16"H x 12"W
A 16"H x 12"W" framed picture of 'Royal and Canal Street in New Orleans'
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 or Vieux Carré, it served historically as the dividing line between the colonial-era (18th-century) city and the newer American Sector.
Up until the early 1800s, it was the Creoles who lived in the Vieux Carré. After the Louisiana Purchase, a large influx of other cultures began to find their way into the city via the Mississippi River. Along the division between these two cultures, a canal was planned. The canal was never built but the street which took its place received the name. Furthermore, the median of the street became known as the neutral ground, acknowledging the cultural divide. To this day, all medians of New Orleans streets are called neutral grounds.
Canal Street is often said to be the widest roadway in America to have been called a street, instead of the avenue or boulevard titles more typically appended to wide urban thoroughfares.