Washington DC Hoods Map
A map of the streets of the Washington DC hoods and a tour through the Washington DC gangs and urban areas that shows the different sections of the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast, and the Northwest, as well the Maryland hoods of PG County (Prince George’s County) and Montgomery County, and northern Virginia, basically the entire DMV area.
This Washington DC hoods map highlights the streets of today and of the past, since gentrification is moving many people out of the Washington DC ghetto areas, with many neighborhoods being demolished and gentrified. Also, to be clear, there are not really any Washington DC gangs compared to other cities, since in the DMV people are mostly affiliated with their neighborhood.
Hood Map Key: Red = SouthEast DC. Blue = NorthEast DC. Green = SouthWest DC. Black = NorthWest DC. Gold = PG County.
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Washington DC Hoods: SouthEast DC
Arguably the most notable and reputable section of Washington DC, with rival hoods that often resemble Washington DC gangs, but the Southeast is almost the last of its kind as gentrification is transforming almost every section of Washington DC, except for the Washington DC ghetto and urban areas south of the Anacostia River.
From Barry Farms, to Potomac Gardens, to Simple City, the Southeast has produced some of the country’s most notorious hoods, as Southeast D.C. mostly consists of apartment complexes and public housing projects.
The first neighborhoods of the Southeast were in the area of Barry Farm and Anacostia, dating back to the 1800s. After Martin Luther King assassination riots, many white families began to leave the neighborhoods of Washington DC for the suburbs in nearby Maryland and Virginia. By the 1970s, Southeast Washington DC was predominantly black community. Today, the South Side is the only section of the city that has not been widely affected by gentrification, with the only gentrified areas being the demolishing or rebuilding of certain Southeast housing projects.
Washington DC Hoods: SouthWest DC
Southwest has always been the smallest section of Washington DC, as well the least known, at least to outsiders of the District. What began as a mix and diverse neighborhood changed as redeveloping of Southwest DC during the 1950s and 1960s destroyed much of the community, only leaving low income apartment complexes.
With the destruction of most of the area, the main neighborhoods of Southwest Washington DC became Greenleaf Gardens, James Creek, Syphax Gardens, and the old Arthur Cappers and Carrollsburg projects.
Washington DC Hoods: NorthWest DC
Often known as Uptown, Northwest DC separates itself from the rest of the city, and not just by location, but by culture, history, and lifestyles. From blocks of rowhouses, to the small housing complexes, the streets of Northwest Washington DC ghetto have had major changes, being the most gentrified section of the city, especially with its close location to upscale neighborhoods and the White House.
Long before the days of the streets of Ledroit Park and the number of hoods around 1st Street, Northwest DC was home to one of the country’s most historic and thriving all-black neighborhoods, Shaw. Shaw was the center of all black culture in Washington DC, especially between the late 1800s and the mid-1900s, being home to the famous U Street, live entertainment, and numerous black owned businesses.
Washington DC Hoods: NorthEast
The largest section of the city is the Northeast. Northeast DC is home to multiple sections, like the Cleanside, which is north of Rhode Island Ave., the section near the Captial, and the section south of the Anacosita river, near Southeast DC. The streets of the Northeast Washington DC ghetto has been home to some the city’s most legendary hoods, like Parkside, Little Vietnam (21st and Maryland), KWA (Kenilworth Avenue), Trinidad, Clay Terrace and Lincoln Heights.
While Northeast Washington DC is a predominantly black community, in the beginning black families were only limited to a few of the areas in the community. This led the Northeast to have some of the city’s oldest all-black communities, like Deanwood, Carver-Langston, Rosedale and Kingman Park, Ivy City, Brookland and parts of what is now the Kenilworth Avenue area, all home to some of the city’s first black neighborhoods. Today, gentrification is affecting numerous neighborhoods of the Northeast, especially the sections near the Capital.