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Story Behind Storyville. The district got its name from Alderman Sidney Story, who in 1898 decreed that prostitution should be legalized in the area. This was less a gesture of moral liberalism than one of pragmatic resignation. The decree was symptomatic of respectable society trying to find ways to control and confine a profession and its associated paraphernalia of gambling, drinking and crime, although at this time much of New Orleans\' wealth originated in this area of town.Prostitutes 9440

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