Washington DC Hoods
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 map showcases the streets of present and past Washington DC neighborhoods, some of which are undergoing gentrification resulting in displacement of many from the Washington DC ghetto and urban areas. It’s important to note that there aren’t any prominent Washington DC gangs, such as Bloods and Crips, as people are mostly aligned with their crew or neighborhoods in the DMV.
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
The Southeast is arguably the most notable ,and reputable section of Washington DC. While 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 the city, except for the neighborhoods south of the Anacostia River.
The Southeast region of Washington D.C., comprising of apartment buildings and public housing projects such as Barry Farms, Potomac Gardens, and Simple City, has been known for producing some of the most infamous neighborhoods in the country.
Southeast Washington DC’s first neighborhoods were established in the 1800s around Barry Farm and Anacostia. Following the Martin Luther King assassination riots, a significant number of white families migrated from Washington DC’s neighborhoods to the nearby suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. By the 1970s, Southeast Washington DC was predominantly a black community.
Washington DC Hoods: SouthWest DC
Southwest DC has historically been the smallest and least familiar section of Washington DC, particularly to those outside of the District, home to hoods like Greenleaf Gardens, James Creek, Syphax Gardens, and the old Arthur Cappers and Carrollsburg projects.
The neighborhood was once a blend of diversity, but the redevelopment efforts during the 1950s and 1960s had a negative impact on the community, leading to the destruction of much of the area and leaving behind only low-income apartment buildings.
Washington DC Hoods: NorthWest DC
Northwest DC, also known as Uptown, is distinct from the rest of the city due to its culture, history, and lifestyles. From blocks of rowhouses to the small housing complexes, the streets within the Northwest Washington DC ghetto have seen recent changes. With its location being near upscale neighborhoods, districts, and in the vicinity of the White House, Uptown has become the most gentrified section of the city.
Long before the days of the streets in 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. One was Shaw, which became 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, 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 within the Northeast Washington DC ghetto has produced a number of legendary hoods, like Parkside, Little Vietnam (21st and Maryland), KWA (Kenilworth Avenue), Trinidad, Clay Terrace and Lincoln Heights.
Northeast Washington DC has historically been home to several all-black communities, such as Deanwood, Carver-Langston, Rosedale, Kingman Park, Ivy City, Brookland, and parts of the Kenilworth Avenue area. While these neighborhoods were initially limited to black families, gentrification is now affecting many areas of the Northeast, particularly those located near the Capital.
DMV Hoods: Maryland
Maryland’s DMV hoods are divided into two areas – Prince George’s County (also called PG County) and Montgomery County, with PG County being the bigger and more well-known area.
PG County is known for being one of the largest predominantly black counties in the US, with a mix of neighborhoods that range from notorious ghettos to wealthy upper middle-class black communities. Montgomery County, on the other hand, has a more mixed demographic that includes black, white, Hispanic, and Asian communities, with only a few pockets of hoods.
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