CANAL STREET: THE GREAT WIDE WAY is a “scrapbook” for natives and a warm introduction to the Crescent City for all others. The life and times New Orleans’ “Main Street” is the focus of this half-hour documentary, followed by a half-hour discussion of the street’s future.
Memories of Canal Street are still vibrant: the way the thoroughfare was decorated for Christmas and Mardi Gras; the street’s movie theaters that were built as cultural oases during the Depression; the streetcars that were removed in 1964 but may be coming back; and of course, the stores along the thoroughfare that New Orleanians relied on before the advent of Suburban shopping malls.
CANAL STREET: THE GREAT WIDE WAY fondly remembers places like Gus Mayer; D.H. Holmes and Kress. And who can forget the pneumatic tube system at Krauss’s, the Imperial shoe store’s X-ray sizing machine or Mr. Bingle? They may be distant memories today, but they live forever on CANAL STREET: THE GREAT WIDE WAY.
The program is produced and hosted by Peggy Scott Laborde.