This is Canal Street from up on high at its "foot" at the Mississippi River. Most visitors only get to see the downtown part of the street, but it leads from the River out toward Lake Ponchartrain. The Street Car ride is a fun adventure. It ends in the Cemetaries area. ( see Top 12 Things to Do in New Orleans on the left column for details)
That area of the city is also where City Park is -- a real urban treat that was beaten down by Hurricane Katrina but is rising back. I remember it as a child as a place of wonderment and fun. Climbing on Live Oak trees that have bent to the ground, making them accessible to little feet.
There is the amusement park with the famous carousel, the bayous with all the wildlife (ducks, geese, swans ibis, herons, racoons and more), the grecian play spaces and Story Land. Some areas are still under repair, but it is a full day of family fun.