Map and Breakdown of Cleveland Hoods
In one of the largest Midwest cities and the most reputable city within Ohio, the Cleveland hoods are widely known to be within the divided sections of Down The Way, Up The Way, the West Side, Out The Way, also on the city’s West Side and into the suburbs known as the Heights.
While some areas on the map may consists of Cleveland gangs, the showcasing of gangs like Vice Lords, Gangster Disciples, Bloods, and Crips is not shown on the map, but that does not mean they do not exist in the streets of Cleveland.
Cleveland Hoods Key: Orange = East Side | Green = Up The Way | Light Blue = Down The Way | Blue = West Side
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Cleveland Hoods of DTW (Down The Way)
Ranging from Cedar and 30th, in the neighborhood officially known as Central and home to the majority of the Cleveland projects, to Woodland and Bundy Drive are the main areas that make up the Down The Way community.
In probably Ohio’s most active community, meaning much street and illicit activity occurs within the boundaries of the neighborhood, there has been everything from decades of conflicts and neighborhood wars, like Case Court against Longwood, to old school reputable Cleveland gangs of the King Kennedy Outlaws and the Brick City Outlaws.
With neighborhoods like the Cedar Estates (known strictly as 30th), Unwin, Cedar and 33rd, Longwood (rebuilt into the Arbor Pointe complex, but still referred as Longwood), Case Court and the Compound of the large Outhwaite complex, and Bundy Drive’s Delaney Village, as well the former high rise of King Kennedy, there should be no surprise of the amount of activity within the area.
The smallest section of the East Side is the In The Way community. An area of two notorious neighborhoods of the Garden Valley and the Morris Black Cleveland projects as well Cleveland hoods around Cedar Avenue, from 71st to 105th, Quincy Avenue, from 79th to 93rd, Broadway, and Fleet Avenue.
Today, with Cedar’s and Quincy’s close location to the hospital of Cleveland Clinic the area is slowly disappearing as the expansion and constant construction of nearby hospital is pushing the people and businesses out of their community. While, Garden Valley was one of the first housing projects in Cleveland to be torn down during the 2010s as the community has been newly rebuilt leaving only the smaller complex of Rainbow Terrace.
Cleveland Hoods of UTW (Up Tha Way)
Up The Way, which can also be referred as Uptown or the South Side, is a well-known section of the city with people living along Kinsman, Buckeye, Miles, or Harvard as many families have had generations of relatives living “Up The Way”, especially in the Mt. Pleasant community.
Along the route of Cleveland’s RTA’s number 14 bus is a view of the South Side’s most reputable area, Kinsman, with Cleveland hoods like Kinsman 20s, Kinsman 30s and the Kinsman 40s, which represents the separate sections of Kinsman between 116th and 149th
Another large area of the South Side is 116th, home to John Adams High School this section is probably Up The Way’s most populated area with blocks from Benham to Lenacrave, an area that has constantly made the local media. With Miles Avenue, Buckeye Road, 93rd, and the multiple sections of Harvard, like the Deli and J Park, Up The Way is the East Side’s largest section by expanding from 93rd street to 190th, and continuing into the Warrensville Heights and Maple Heights communities.
Cleveland Hoods: St. Clair, Superior, Hough
Out The Way, located in Northeast Cleveland, is the largest section of the city that has became well known for the various Cleveland hoods of Collinwood, Hough, which includes Wade Park, Hough Harlem and Hough Heights, or the 105th and St. Clair area of Glenville, nicknamed the 10-5 and the Wasteland while also being the former home of Bone Thugs N Harmony.
Rewinding back to the 1950s, as the black community of Cleveland was expanding during the 1950s and 1960s, black families eventually began to make their way and reside in the Northeast Side communities of Hough and Glenville. Over the years, especially after racial tension reach was at its peak, the entire Out The Way community of Cleveland became predominantly African American, expanding from 55th to 152nd along either St. Clair or Superior.
Currently, the community is a shell of itself as dilapidated housing and vacant properties plague many of the neighborhoods that sit along St. Clair and Superior, from the Hough and St Clair-Superior neighborhoods to the South Collinwood area around 152nd. With less and less housing as vacant properties of the Cleveland ghetto on the city’s East Side are widespread, the East Side is slowly losing its population as years of decline have led the black community to grow into the suburbs of Cuyahoga County in places like Cleveland Heights or South Euclid.
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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.