NOLA 300: Storyville, New Orleans' red-light district (1897-1917)

NOLA 300: Storyville, New Orleans' red-light district (1897-1917)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Created to regulate drugs and prostitution, a red-light district thrived in New Orleans from 1897-1917.

Prostitution was not legal in 'The District.' Rather, a municipal ordinance designated an area where the illegal activity was not illegal. The activities were moved to a district along Basin Street near the French Quarter.

A wide variety of entertainment was available in the district, including elaborate 'sporting palaces,' musical entertainment and a variety of pleasure houses.

The area was nicknamed 'Storyville' after Councilman Sidney Story. Story wrote the legislation and guidelines for the proposed district.

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