A streetcar named Desire parks near campus

A historic New Orleans streetcar parked itself a few blocks from campus as a symbol of the Garden District’s resilience Friday. The 47-foot-long streetcar, named Desire, sat on the corner of 14th and E streets as a reminder from the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau that the best way to support the city is to visit.

Built in 1922, Desire was moved to a museum in Connecticut in 1964 but is still fully functional. The trip has been a huge success and has raised awareness that tourism is one of the most important ways to boost New Orleans’ economy, the bureau said.

Nikki Nicholson, one of the employees of the visitor’s bureau, called the streetcar an icon for New Orleans and said, “We are ready to have visitors.”

Nicholson said that the arts, culture, and universities of the city are back in motion after a couple of years of hard work.

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