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Short Story of…

The Chicago South Side Ghetto

The story of the South Side Chicago neighborhoods started as people from the historic black community of Bronzeville, also known as the Low Ends, began to relocate into the South Side as urban renewal destroyed much of the community.

Due to the destruction, many moved into other parts of the city, during a time when the “Great Migration” of southern African-Americans brought an influx of black families to the city of Chicago.

South Side Chicago Neighborhoods: New City / Back of the Yards

New City or Back of the Yards was one of the first Mexican neighborhoods in the city, especially on the Chicago South Side.

Many within the community founded work in the stockyards, given the name of the neighborhood “Back of the Yards”.

Unfortunately, the Stockyards eventually closed and the once neighborhood filled with different ethnic groups changed.

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The Damenville neighborhood.

The neighborhood went from being diverse to being a predominantly Mexican community, with African-Americans living between 51st and 55th (Garfield).

With a mix of different racial groups, some of the first South Side Chicago gangs in the area were an all-white gang known as the Gaylords and a Hispanic gang called the Renegade Saints.

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The Moe Town area of Sherman Park

As the years passed and the Chicago gangs becoming more of a business, together with white flight from the Chicago South Side, the Gaylords would later fade away from the neighborhood.

New City would later become known for areas of South Side Chicago gangs in areas like Damenville, Halo City, 48th Street, and the infamous Moe Town around Sherman Park.

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South Side Chicago Neighborhoods:  Englewood

Englewood was once a famous community with 63rd Street being the heart of the community, from Ashland to Halsted, which once only had a small African-American presence.

Eventually, many black families were somewhat forced to move and reside in the Englewood community.

The movement occurred as many white families were beginning to leave and the black community of Bronzeville was becoming smaller in size due to the construction of the highway and housing projects.

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The black community would slowly expand from Halsted to Damen and from 59th Street to around 71st Street as Englewood became predominantly African-American by the 1970s.

The streets of this Chicago South Side neighborhood dates back to the days of S. Green Street around Marquette and Halsted, which was the first location of the Gangster Disciples.

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The Gangster Disciples would later join one of biggest South Side Chicago gangs, the Black Disciples, and form the Black Gangster Disciples.

These two factions would eventually separate, which led to an ongoing rival between the two Chicago South Side gangs.

South Side Chicago Neighborhoods:  Auburn Gresham

As blacks and Latinos moved into the New City or Back of the Yards and Englewood neighborhoods, white families moved into Auburn Gresham.

With the black community growing, Auburn Gresham would eventually become a large African-American community.

Based around 79th Street and the 80s, Auburn Gresham has for generations been a community of the Chicago South Side ghetto home to Black P. Stones and Gangster Disciples.

Gangster Disciples are mostly around 79th Street, with exception to Terror Dome and E-Spot Stones, while the Black P Stones are located mostly from 83rd to 87th streets.

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South Side Chicago Neighborhoods:  95th Street

95th Street was once home to South Side Chicago gangs like the Cobra Stones, Disciples, Racketeers, and Imphs as the most known area has always Princeton Park, also known as the Lowden housing projects.

As people were moving from southern states like Mississippi or Tennessee, one of the first areas that they were able to live in was around 95th and Halsted.

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95th Street might not be as active as other areas of the Chicago South Side ghetto, but with blocks like Nateville and Rack City this South Side community is similar in many ways.

South Side Chicago Neighborhoods: Roseland / 100s

Given the name the “Wild Hundreds”, the Roseland community started as a community that prohibited blacks from living or buying property in the neighborhood.

Even though there was a small black presence in some sections of the area, not until the late 1900s was the community becoming more of a predominantly black neighborhood.

Roseland has transformed into the Chicago South Side ghetto.

Much of the Roseland community has declined from once being a community known for its shopping areas for the local South Siders.

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The once famous shopping district of Roseland.

Today, the Hundreds has become a very reputable community with South Side Chicago gangs of the Gangster Disciples and Black Disciples.

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

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