Mob Scene

The Canal St. station on the Riverfront Streetcar is by where the much newer Canal Streetcar trackage branches off and joins.  Just beyond in this district of intense tourist and visitor activity is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.  A well-used freight track has a pedestrian crossing, with warning lights -- but with no gates.  People are standing on the streetcar tracks, or ambling across, looking in every which direction at a time when streetcar activity seemed to have stopped entirely for a while.  Others are waiting for the freight train, passing at a crawl, to clear.  This does not appear to be a scene about which a safety officer would smile approvingly.

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