Syracuse Hoods

Map and Tour of the Syracuse Gangs & Hoods

With Syracuse being a college town one would not think that Syracuse has the same characteristics of other American cities, whether it is gentrification of specific Syracuse hoods or street activity with the few Syracuse gangs that roam the city.

Residing in New York’s upstate region along the New York Thruway, the city of Syracuse has many similarities to the other upstate cities of Rochester and Buffalo, from the racial makeup to the history of the its urban communities and neighborhoods.

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Syracuse Hoods: West Side

On the West Side resides a small diverse community of African-Americans and Latinos. The West Side is home to one of the city’s largest and oldest housing complexes, the James Geddes housing project, built during the 1950s.

Before the 1970s, the West Side was mostly home to white families, but with an influx of Latinos and African Americans many left for other Syracuse communities. Currently, the West Side is one of the most sought-after destinations in the city for investors as gentrification has been slowly making its way into the community.

Syracuse Hoods: South Side

The heart of the city has always been the South Side. Once centered around Townsend Street, the community changed following the 1950s and 1960s with urban renewal demolishing South Side neighborhoods and replacing many homes with housing projects, along with the construction of Interstate 81 being constructed directly in the heart of the community, causing further destruction.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the city entered a new era, a generation of local youths forming Syracuse gangs and cliques within the inner city. Into the 1990s and 2000s, the streets of Syracuse have been heavily publicized with the handful of hoods throughout the community.

Syracuse Hoods: East Side

With the urban population eventually making its way into the East Side, many based themselves north of East Genesee Street.  With large housing complexes and blocks like Lexington, the East Side, or 5th Side, gained its own reputation in the small community.

Currently, with its close location to the University of Syracuse and Syracuse’s downtown area, this section of the East Side is also in a process of change.  Changes include certain housing complexes being demolished and new facilities being constructed along Fayette Street, all part of the process of rebuilding Syracuse’s inner-city community of the East Side.

Syracuse Hoods: North Side

Little is known about the streets of the North Side, other than that most of the urban community is based around Butternut Street.  Historically, the North Side has been a predominantly white community, but over the years the black population has slowly moved into certain parts of the North Side.

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