New Orleans Is New, New, New Again
Big Easy is back and business is booming
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted May 5, 2008 9:01 AM CDT
Bourbon Street in the French quarter, shown in this 1993 file photo, is cleaner than before, one of many reasons to check out New Orleans' revamp.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – No more pungent Bourbon Street or trashed French Quarter: Residents are returning, business is booming, and New Orleans is new again. Forbes Traveler offers compelling reasons to revisit the Big Easy:

  1. The fancy Royal Sonesta Hotel, with its tasty oysters and cool outdoor bar.
  2. The Swizzle Sticks Bar, which offers cocktail pairings to make each course go down easy.

  1. Cochon's rabbit and dumplings, served in five-star Cajun style.
  2. The historic St. Charles Streetcar, which is up and running again.
  3. The Jazz Fest, which just finished, but presents world-class artists every summer.
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