Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans
Esplanade Avenue is a historic street in New Orleans, Louisiana. It runs northwest from the Mississippi River to the statue of General P.G.T. Beauregard in Beauregard Circle at the entrance to City Park.
Esplanade Avenue was an important 19th century portage route of trade between the Bayou which linked to Lake Pontchartrain and the River. Many 19th century mansions still line the street; it functioned as a "millionaire's row" for the Louisiana Creole section of the city similar to that of St. Charles Avenue for the Anglophone section in Uptown New Orleans.
From the River to Claiborne Avenue, Esplanade has one lane of traffic in both directions, with a raised neutral ground (median) in the center. From Claiborne to Carrollton it has two lanes in each direction, with a smaller neutral ground.
Passing by the Faubourg Treme neighborhood, Esplanade goes through the area known alternatively as "Faubourg St. John" or "Esplanade Ridge", near the New Orleans Fairgrounds. The house where Edgar Degas stayed during his time in New Orleans is in this section.
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