St Louis Gangs
Map and Tour of St Louis Hoods
View a never before seen 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 the ghettos of the East Side, 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 of 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 a number of housing projects built during the 1940s and 1950s that replaced 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.
In all, Downtown once included Carr Square, Cochran, Blumeyer, Pruitt-Igoe, George Vaughn, Laclede Town, and years later 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 a number of 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 are hoods like Lexington, both 41LEX and 44LEX, Ashland, both 44Ashland and 39Ashland (3940), 42Maffit, 45Field, 387, a large section representing 3800 blocks from Labadie to Kennerly, and 442 Ville, the largest section from 4200 to 4400 blocks.
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 Pointe, Penrose, and Hyde Park, are home to an 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.
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, can considered as the West Side. Before the arrival of the Bloods and Crips, St Louis gangs were already somewhat with the Westside Rockers, Hardy Boys, Boys of Destruction, and many more.
Numerous St Louis hoods of the West Side would adopt the Blood moniker, like the Horseshoe, which was the first official set in St Louis, 1-1 Hodiamont, Wellston, and other West Side hoods. While other hoods would become Crips, mainly Rollin 60s, in areas like 59Wabada and 13BOD (Boys of Destruction). In St. Louis County, the St Louis gangs of the Bloods and Crips expanded into the hoods along Natural Bridge and Page Avenue, 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 (The 4) 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, and 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 4300 Gibson, 3400 Park Avenue, Grape Hill (2600 Hickory), the Dark Side (3900-4100 of Blaine and Mcree), 2700 Accomac, and the Peabody and former Darst Webbe housing projects.
Beginning during the 1980s and 1990s, white families began to move from the State Streets section of the South Side, an area 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.
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 of the neighborhoods, leaving only small housing projects in Kinloch.
Starting in the 1970s the black population expanded into the city of Berkeley. From the 1980s to the 2000s, apartment complexes helped changed North County, with the most being between Parker Road and Lucas-Hunt as white flight to West County and St. Charles County from the lower income apartment complexes led people to move into Jennings, Riverview, Spanish Lake, Dellwood, and off Chambers Road and Parker Road.