In what can only be a good sign, streetcars were rolling down St. Charles yesterday. With yellow "Not in Service" signs stuck to the front of them it was clear they were just testing the newly repair track and new electric lines installed since Katrina.
The entire line has been out of service since the storm. In the spring the city started rebuilding the overhead electric line system.
Assuming all turns out well in the testing, it will be good news for the uptown area and restore one of New Orleans most famous attractions -- that tree-shaded leisure drive along the crescent of St. Charles Avenue and it's huge, graceful mansions.
The losers in all this? The joggers who had taken over the "neutral ground" where the street cars used to run.