Mid City 

Jazz FestMid-City is a portion of New Orleans in the center of the metropolitan area, about midway between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. It is less visited by tourists than more famous areas like the French Quarter, but has impressive attractions of its own. The area of Mid-City around the Fairgrounds and the nearby portion of Esplanade Avenue is often called the Bayou St. John neighborhood or Esplanade Ridge. The old Bayou itself can be seen when you cross the bridge over it at the tail of Esplanade in front of City Park; it is a a calm long finger of water constrained by grassy levees as it winds through the old urban neighborhood. Mid-City is filled with visitors each year for the week and a half of the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The rest of the year the neighborhood is often comparatively neglected by travelers

Bayou St. JohnMid-City's central location allows easy access to other parts of town. Take the Canal Streetcar to the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Drive or take the bus to the other end of beautiful Esplanade Avenue to arrive at the lower edge of the Quarter and the hip Faubourg Marigny neighborhood (alternatively reached by taking the Canal Streetcar to the far end at Esplanade and the river levee). Lakeview and Lakefront neighborhoods are a short drive away. The Carrollton neighborhood at the upper end of Uptown can be driven to by taking Carrollton Avenue to the other end. While there is bus service along Carrollton Avenue from Mid-City to the Old Carrollton neighborhood, those relying on public transit may wish to consider getting to Uptown and Carrollton by a more indirect route: take the Canal Streetcar to the Central Business District, then the green St. Charles Streetcar up. While this route is longer, it may be less aggravating and is certainly much more picturesque.

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