Houston Hoods

Map and Tour of Houston Gangs & Hoods

From the North Side to the South Side, there are various Houston hoods that have an extensive background producing a number of H-Town legends in places like Acres Homes, Fifth Ward, South Park, Alief, Third Ward, and many more throughout Houston’s Harris County.

Being divided between the North Side and South Side, Houston has been influential to communities across the nation, from the city’s lingo to the city’s laid-back culture. While influential, there are outside of influences that has led to a number of Houston gangs, like Hoovers, Crips, Pirus, Black Disciples, Bloods, and various Mexican gangs. The map below breaks down most Houston hoods, while still in progress identifying Houston gangs of certain neighborhoods.

Houston Hoods Map Key: Green = Northwest | Blue = Northeast | Red = Southeast | Black = Southwest

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Houston Hoods: Southeast

A trip to the South Side of Houston will lead one to witness the childhood homes of numerous Houston legends. The Southeast of Houston includes the 3rd Ward, Yellowstone, Sunnyside, South Park, and South Acres.  Within these Houston hoods are sections like the Cuney Homes, Herschelwood, Bricker Park, Cloverland, the Dead End and more.

The Third Ward, dating back to the early 1900s, was recognized as one of the most significant black neighborhoods in the United States. It boasted a vibrant entertainment scene and was home to numerous black-owned businesses. After the removal of segregation laws during the 1960s, many moved further south, leaving the Third Ward, for former all-white communities like South Park, Sunnyside, and eventually South Acres.

Houston Hoods: Southwest

From Hiram Clarke to Mo City (Missouri City) to Alief, the streets of Southwest Houston expand from Dairy Ashford to Alameda Road. The black and Hispanic population of Southwest Houston began to grow during the 1970s, beginning with Hiram Clarke, and continued during the 1980s and 1990s into certain neighborhoods of Missouri City and Alief, Texas.

Southwest Houston appears to have a significant portion of the population on the Southside, with Alief being an area of density populated apartment complexes, like Braeswood and Forum Park, and MO City and Hiram Clarke being home to multiple neighborhoods and subdivisions.

Houston Hoods: Northeast

Northeast Houston is home to several well-known communities including the Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens, Denver Harbor, Lakewood, Wayside, and many others situated along Homestead. This part of the city has produced numerous local and national icons such as J. Prince, George Foreman, and Slim Thug.

Two areas north of downtown Houston are the Fifth Ward, a once thriving black community, and Denver Harbor, a prominent and historic Hispanic neighborhood. After the end of segregation in the 1960s, many white communities became all-black neighborhoods, such as Trinity Gardens and Kashmere Gardens. As a result, the black and Hispanic population of Houston gradually shifted to the city’s Northeast side, particularly in areas like Jenson, Eastex, Wayside, Lakewood, and Homestead Road.

Houston Hoods: Northwest

West of Interstate 45, the Northwest Side grew out of the historic black communities of Acres Homes, Carverdale, and Studewood into various neighborhoods like Inwood and Greenspoint.

Acres Homes is the most extensive community on the North Side of Houston. It stretches from Gulf Bank to West Tidwell, and it is a mix of neighborhoods, apartment complexes, and rural areas that resemble small farmlands. Some of the apartment complexes include Garden City and Copper Tree, while the neighborhoods include Carver Road and Lincoln City. The rural areas between Tidwell and Little York also contribute to the diverse nature of the community.

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