Storyville District, New Orleans

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Storyville was the red-light district of New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1897 to 1917. It was established by municipal ordinance under the New Orleans City Council, to regulate prostitution and drugs. Sidney Story, a city alderman, wrote guidelines and legislation to control prostitution within the city. The ordinance designated a sixteen block area as the part of the city in which prostitution, although still nominally illegal, was tolerated or regulated. The area was originally referred to as "The District", but its nickname, "Storyville", soon caught on, much to the chagrin of Alderman Story. It was bound by the streets of North Robertson, Iberville, Basin, and St. Louis Streets. It was located by a train station, making it a popular destination for travelers throughout the city, and became a centralized attraction in the heart of New Orleans. Only a few of its remnants are now visible. The neighborhood lies in Faubourg Tremé and the land is now used for housing projects.
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  • It had been sometime, since we did more than drive through the area, once known as “Storyville.” In December, on a gorgeous Winter day, while strolling the length of the French Quarter, on Rampart St....  more »
  • Made famous to younger generations as the undesirable part of town in Pretty Baby - it is a different part of NO compared to a century ago. Interesting to wander through and let your imagination...  more »

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