Montgomery Alabama Ghetto Story
The second largest city in Alabama and the state’s capital, the story of Montgomery gives a short description on the city from its impact on the civil rights movement to the current state of Montgomery.
Population: Around 200,000
Percentage African-American: 60%
Rank in State: Alabama’s 2nd largest city
Poverty Rate: 23% / Average Income: $25,000
2014 Violent Crime Rate: 522.5 / Murder Rate: 17.5 per 100,000
The fight for justice and rights for African-Americans eventually led to a change in the city of Montgomery.
Before the 1970s, white families lived in many of the communities throughout the city, while blacks were limited to living in a few areas.
After integration and desegregating the city’s school district and other public places, many had issues with the two racial groups having interaction with one another.
This would lead to many white families to leave a number of neighborhoods in the city and allow black families to eventually live in the majority of Montgomery communities.
‘Hoods and Communities
Most of the Montgomery ghetto is on the city’s South and West Sides, with a few communities in North Montgomery, even though gentrification has affected some of the city’s oldest communities of the Montgomery ghetto.
Many of Montgomery housing complexes have either been vacant, demolished, or redeveloped like Cedar Park, Trenholm Court, TLC (Tulane Court) or Riverside Heights.
Other than the Montgomery housing projects that were closed, communities of Gibbs Village, Smiley Court, and Highland Village are still around and mainly located in the city’s West End area.
The main communities of the city are the Ridgecrest and Normandale areas from Rosa L Parks Avenue to Norman Bridge Road, the Washington Park area, and the Newtown neighborhood of North Montgomery.
Also there are the communities of Woodley Park and Spring Valley around Woodley Road, Southlawn, Twin Gates and Woodcrest, all along the Selma Highway.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.