There are many substantial, sometimes stately,
homes along St. Charles Ave. in the Garden District and in Uptown,
houses that are in various states of upkeep. This view is just beyond Napoleon
Ave., then the temporary end of the line, in Uptown.
St. Charles Ave. makes a series of bends as it more or less follows
the crooked Mississippi, some blocks away from the water. The
river gradually gets nearer as one heads away from the CBD. By the corner
of St. Charles and S. Carrollton Aves. -- an area known as the Riverbend -- the
is quite close by, but it remains hidden from view by the levee.
Much of the street pattern of older New Orleans is oriented with
regard to the river, and it is a river that has many turns.
Cardinal geographic directions have relatively little meaning in
much of the city.