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Storyville

Storyville, New Orleans' legendary red-light district, was created by Alderman Sidney Story, and came to bear his name. The "District," as it was also known, was legislated to confine prostitution to one area of the city where it could be regulated. 

Storyville was bounded by Iberville, St. Louis, Basin, and North Robertson Streets, an area now occupied mostly by the Iberville Housing Projects. The district offered "blue books," taking after the models of Dutch and German red-light districts, that gave visitors information on houses' services, prices, and "stock."

The city government was forced to close Storyville at the insistence of the U.S. Army and Navy after the deaths of four soldiers within weeks of each other in the district. However, vice continued to flourish in the neighborhood until most of its buildings were demolished in the 1930s to make way for the Iberville Housing Projects.


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