Little Rock Gangs
Map & Breakdown of the Little Rock Hoods
During the 1980s and 1990s, Little Rock gangs started emerging in a different way, resembling Bloods and Crips, as well as the Gangster and Black Disciples from Chicago. These gangs spread across various neighborhoods of Little Rock, including North Little Rock, the East End, West Side, and South End.
While the 1980s brought the Bloods in ‘hoods like Highland Park, which was one of the first areas to have a gang affiliation, much has changed since the time when the streets within the Little Rock ghetto witness gang bangin’ at its peak. Even though some people are still gang affiliated, gang activity has become less active in the streets since the 2000s.
Little Rock Gangs Map Key: Red = Bloods | Blue = Crips & Disciples (GDs/BDs) | Black = Unknown
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Breakdown of Little Rock Hoods & Gangs
The heart of the Little Rock’s metropolitan area expands from S. University Ave. to the Clinton National Airport, or from the West End to the East End. Before segregation came to an end, the city’s black community was based in sections of the South End and the city’s East End, mostly east of today’s Doctor Martin Luther King Drive.
When construction was booming around the city of Little Rock during the 1970s and 1980s, the inner city of Little Rock started to become predominantly black, from the West End to the East End, as white flight was moving people, businesses, and a tax base towards West Little Rock.
With the arrival of gangs in a number of Little Rock hoods, the Bloods dominated from John Barrow (Lime Hood) to the once Highland Park projects, to the East End’s Brick Jungle (Hollingsworth). The only Little Rock gangs being under the Crip affiliation were areas like College Station and 23rd and Wolfe Street.
While urban renewal changed and destroyed much of the East End, with the construction of housing projects, the airport, and highways I-630 and I-30, today the urban community and its residents are moving further from the central part of Little Rock into areas and sections of the West Side or Southwest Little Rock.
North Little Rock Hoods
Across the Arkansas River resides the streets of the North Little Rock, an area of neighborhoods like Eastgate, Off Pike, or Shorter Gardens to go with Little Rock gangs of the Black Disciples and the Gangster Disciples.
The city of North Little Rock began growing between the 1940s and 1960s with the original black community of North Little Rock being east of I-30 in communities like Dixie or Rose City, around Broadway and Lynch. The growth of North Little Rock’s urban communities continued during the 1960s and 1970s and expanded into areas like Pike Avenue or Camp Robinson Road, dividing North Little Rock into separate sections DTA and UPT.