Glass City: ‘Hoods of Toledo, OHio

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Toledo OHio Hoods

Nicknamed Glass City, the streets within the Toledo Ohio hoods have been displayed on the city’s North Side, West Side, South Side and small section of the East Side.

A typical Midwest city that probably has more ties to the city of Detroit than any other city in the state of Ohio, the Toledo Ohio ghetto has had a combination of various gangs, like Bloods and Crips, to go along homegrown neighborhood cliques and affiliations.

Toledo Ohio Gangs & Hoods Map

*Toledo Gangs Map Key: Blue = Crips.  Red = Bloods.  Black = GDs or neutral or affiliation unaware of.

Short Toledo Ohio Ghetto Story

The urban community of the Toledo Ohio ghetto began during the early 1900s, primarily between the 1920s and 1950s, after the arrival of African Americans from communities in southern states. 

Many began to establish themselves in certain neighborhoods, like the North Side’s Out Stickney area around Stickney and Central and in the South Side along Dorr and Nebraska between Detroit and Collingwood.

Both the North Side’s “Out Stickney” and the black community of the city’s South Side, which currently is officially called ONYX, are the oldest all-black neighborhoods in the city and before their decline were promising successful communities with moments of hardships.

During the 1930s, the city demolished portions of the South Side community to build one of the city’s first housing projects, an all-black housing complex named the Brand Whitlock Homes.  Other housing complexes that were constructed during the 1930s and 1940s were on Toledo’s East Side like the Weiler Homes and Birmingham Terrace.

In the beginning, all the city’s housing projects were segregated but during the 1950s and 1960s the city began to end segregation laws and policies opening the door for African-Americans to live in other sections of Toledo, in which led to white flight into the more suburban areas of Toledo.

History of the Toledo Ohio Hoods & Gangs

Eventually, the community of the Toledo Ohio ghetto further expanded into the North Side, outside of the Out Stickney neighborhood, in areas like Greenbelt, home to the infamous Cherrywoodz, the Chase block area along N. Summit Street, and surrounding areas of Lagrange Street and Cherry Street.

The Greenbelt Place apartments has had multiple names, Cherrywoods and Northwoods, but since the 1970s when the housing complex was constructed this complex has been one of the most reputable Toledo Ohio hoods.

A former area of Toledo Ohio gangs like the Bloods and Crips, Cherrywoodz has been known to have conflicts with other ‘hoods of Toledo, especially the Chase Block and the Kent Block and Moody Manor, which is another reputable low-income housing complex.

On the South Side there are two sections, one section is located around South Avenue and Western Avenue, which has a large Hispanic population, and the other section is south of Dorr Street centered around Nebraska Avenue with a reputation from the old Brand Whitlock projects to notorious blocks like Belmont.

While the West Side is Toledo’s more affluent side there are sections of that are within the Toledo Ohio hoods. A Once dominant European community until the 1960s and 1970s as the demographics slowly changed, but mainly around Detroit Avenue.

While areas of Detroit Avenue may be considered as the South Side or North Side, this section of the Toledo Ohio ghetto may be the roughest Toledo Ohio gangs like XBlocc or Fernwood and Lil’ Heads.

The West Side also stretches along Bancroft, until Upton Avenue where the street changes into an upper scale neighborhood, and Dorr Street as far as the Hill Ave community, an all-black working-class suburb near the University of Toledo.

The East Side was once a predominantly white middle-class community, with pockets of African Americans, but has changed much from previous decades as the East Side has become more of a lower income and working-class neighborhood.

Along Starr, Nevada and Navarre streets, sitting between the Maumee River and Interstate 280, is a diverse communities of African-Americans, Latinos and Caucasians with the more reputable areas being the housing projects, like Earl Block of the Weiler Homes.

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*Note: All information is provided either through people of the community, outside sources, and/or research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.