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 street's 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.