Did you know that St. Charles Avenue could have been called Nyades Street? Or that the architect who laid it out, Barthelemy Lafon, began as a smuggler and privateer? Or that the St. Charles Streetcar line is the world’s oldest continuously operating street railway? If not, make sure you refresh your Louisiana History class lessons and check out PBS’s 2nd season of 10 Streets That Changed America, premiering at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, on WYES-Channel 12. Follow host Geoffrey Baer as he kicks off this season with 10 streets that “have connected the nation, divided communities, and changed the way Americans live, work, and shop.” You’ll join Baer with Times-Picayune columnist Richard Campanella and a Tulane University geographer, as he learns about past and present events involving St Charles Avenue that, ultimately, have affected the people of New Orleans.
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