Big Easy's Streetcars Finally Full Speed
Line disconnected by Katrina can runs its course again
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2008 12:53 PM CDT
"Hearing the clang-clang, having to look both ways, brings back normalcy definitely for people who live in this area," says one New Orleans resident after streetcar service was finally restored.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Streetcars clang-clanged their way down South Carrollton Ave. yesterday, and for many, the sound was as sweet as New Orleans jazz, the Times-Picayune reports. For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the whole St. Charles Ave. streetcar line is running, and it should bring both tourism and a sense of normalcy back to the end-of-the-line neighborhood.

“It’s brought a lot of business, a lot of tourists to our business,” said one local manager, but it’s done more than that. “Hearing the clang-clang, having to look both ways, brings back normalcy definitely for people who live in this area.”