August 19, 1965
On March, 30, 1908, Houston City Council passed an ordinance establishing a segregated vice district.
Of course, it's the Fourth Ward. Long before Buffalo Drive, which later became Allen Parkway. The area, made up of mostly scattered dwellings inhabited by blacks, later became San Felipe Courts and the Allen Parkway Village apartments.
Here's how the area looked in 1913:
Note that the district's boundaries changed somewhat between 1907 and 1913. By 1911, the district expanded slightly to include the intersection of Howard and Lamb streets.
As you'd likely guess, hardly any of the streets that made up the sex district exist today with the exception of Crosby, Lamb Street and Nash Street. Both Lamb and Nash barely exist as streets today, as this next image shows:
It also was illegal for prostitutes to stand on the sidewalks near the premises, to beckon any person walking by, to walk around the city indecently attired or "to behave in public as to occasion scandal or disturb or offend the peace and good morals of the people."
So whatever happened to Paul Grosse?
When put in perspective this law isn't really funny, but in today's world, it seems kind of amusing.
Labels: city life
1918 wasn’t off to a good start for local businessman Paul Grosse.
On July 12, 1917, a watchman saw someone toss a lighted bomb from a northbound M.K. & T. train after it passed over the Galveston Causeway.
Now that I have a home Internet connection established, expect some new items late next week.