It’s safe to say that North Rampart Street has never in its long history looked so good. Almost back to the time of the founding of the village when the walls, the Ramparts, were first erected to protect the citizens from Native Americans, and a little vice versa, all the way through the Storyville era and the birth of Jazz, North Rampart Street never enjoyed respect and beauty at the same time. But it does now. The long, hard project to revitalize the area, reinstall a streetcar and upgrade the appearance of the border of the French Quarter is now done. The wounds of snarled traffic and business lost are still healing. It appears the promise of a better place has been fulfilled.
No test is more conclusive than new meaningful businesses opening. The latest example is Effervescence, 1036 N. Rampart St., a wine bar that focuses on bubbles. Let the popping of corks, the pouring of wine that fizzes and the happy sounds of patrons having a great time begin. The old street has never looked so inviting in almost 300 years.