St Louis Gangs
Map and Tour of St Louis Hoods
Never seen before look inside the streets of the St Louis hoods with a full breakdown through a St Louis gangs map. From the subdivisions and apartment complexes of North County, to the blocks of North City, to the projects of Downtown, to the streets of the West Side, and to the ghettos of the East St Louis, get a true understanding of the streets of St Louis.
View the sections of St. Louis gangs, old St Louis hoods that have been torn down, images of certain neighborhoods, community history, and much more representing mostly all the hoods in St Louis.
St Louis Gangs Map Key: Red = Bloods | Blue = Crips/GDs | Orange = 62 EastCoast | Gold = Rollin 60s/Vice Lords | Grey = Unknown
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St Louis Hood: Downtown
Cass Avenue was once home to several housing projects that were built during the 1940s and 1950s and replaced the neighborhoods of Mill Creek Valley and Desoto Carr. By the 1970s and 1980s, Cass Avenue was the most notorious section of the city, from drug kingpins claiming turf to project and neighborhood wars.
Downtown once included Carr Square, Cochran, Blumeyer, Pruitt-Igoe, George Vaughn, Laclede Town, and years later the O’fallon Place apartments. Pruitt Igoe, which was one of the country’s largest housing complexes, was only short lived, after building a notorious reputation that led to its demolishing during the late 1970s.
St Louis Hood: The Ville
The Ville is historic black community of St Louis, a hood of St Louis that is large enough to have sections located on both the North Side and the West Side. While once home to numerous famous musicians, athletes, entertainers and activist, people like Tina Turner and the founder of rock music Chuck Berry, the Ville has changed from the early days.
Today many sections of the Ville are vacant, especially below St. Louis Avenue, but there are still hoods like Lexington’s 41LEX and 44LEX, Ashland’s 44Ashland and 39Ashland (3940), 4200 Maffit, 442 Ville, the largest section from the 4200 to the 4400 blocks, and more
St Louis Hood: North City
The North Side has been known to be the most active side with a number of rivalries, from GStreet (5000 Geraldine) and Walnut Park Bloods to the split with the Dub of JMV and DST, or the city’s first Rollin 60s and 62 EastCoastCrips war of the OPAC and College N Carter. Almost every section of the North Side, other than parts of North Point, Penrose, and Hyde Park, are home to active St Louis gangs.
Not until the the late 1950s and early 1960s with neighborhoods like Ofallon Park and College Hill did North City begin to grow with black families moving in, continuing into the 1970s and 1980s with neighborhoods like Walnut Park and Baden, especially following the demolishing of the housing projects.
St Louis Hoods: West Side
From St. Louis City, between Natural Bridge and Delmar, to St. Louis County, hoods south of Interstate 70 and west of Kienlen Avenue, all can be considered as the West Side. Long before the arrival of the Bloods and Crips, St Louis gangs were already somewhat established with the Westside Rockers, Hardy Boys, Boys of Destruction, and many more.
By the late 1980s and the early 1990s most St Louis hoods on the West Side would become Bloods, like the Horseshoe, Hodiamont, and Wellston, while a small percentage became Crips, mainly Rollin 60s, in areas along Goodfellow, like on Wabada and on Cates. In St. Louis County, the St Louis gangs of the Bloods and Crips expanded into the hoods along Natural Bridge and Page Avenue into places like Pagedale, Hillsdale, Pine Lawn, University City, and Wellston.
Before the West Side neighborhoods became predominantly black, Taylor Boulevard was the racial dividing line with neighborhoods like the Ville and Finney Avenue being the only areas for black families to live. By the late 1950s and 1960s, black families began to move into neighborhoods along Page Blvd., like Fountain Park, Academy, and the West End, eventually making their way into St. Louis County by the 1970s and 1980s.
St Louis Hoods: South Side
The South Side has traditionally always been predominantly white, but there have been several neighborhoods that make up the original South Side hoods, before Bloods and Crips came into the city. Hoods like Gibson, Park Avenue, Grape Hill (2600 Hickory), the Dark Side, Accomac, and Peabody and the former Darst Webbe housing projects.
Beginning during the 1980s and 1990s, white families began to move from the State Streets, the 3rd District section of the South Side, located south of Gravois and east of Grand Blvd. This established hoods further south by the 1990s and 2000s. As gentrification is occurring in the original South Side hoods, the State Streets have been growing and expanding further south, almost into South St. Louis County.
St Louis Hoods: North County
Before the 1970s, black families only lived in Kinloch and Robertson until the expansion of the airport that never happen destroyed both neighborhoods, leaving only small housing projects in Kinloch.
Starting in the 1970s the black population expanded into the city of Berkeley. Then, from the 1980s to the 2000s, apartment complexes helped changed North County, with most apartments being located between Parker Road and Lucas-Hunt, as white flight to West County and St. Charles County from the lower income apartment complexes led black families to move into places Jennings, Riverview, Spanish Lake, Dellwood, Parker Road, and other surrounding areas.