The Short Gainesville Ghetto Story
Located in North Florida’s Alachua County, the heart of the Gainesville ghetto and urban communities lies in a number of areas throughout the city, with the majority being east of Main Street.
A community that is in a city that is labeled as a college town, often gets over looked by Gainesville’s largest attraction, business, and instution, the University of Florida.
With a population of around 130,000 people, and 23% living mostly in the black communities of the likes of Spring Hill or Duval and in apartment and housing complexes like PineRidge or Sugar Hill, the Gainesville ghetto story includes a short but true piece on the city.
To begin, the history of North Florida is not as similar as the rest of the cities in Central and South Florida, with Gainesville’s Alachua County at one point of time in history was one of the leading areas of lynchings in Florida.
After slavery and the Civil War, many African-Americans came into the Gainesville area and purchased their own land. But due to their background, many had hard times sustaining in this southern city during the Jim Crow days.
Not until the days of the late 50s, 60s, and 70s, did opportunities and more fair treatment for African-Americans in Gainesville begin to happen for many of the residents.
There are a number of historic communities in Gainesville like the 5th Avenue area and Porter’s Quarters that have been around since the 1800s, and even somewhat the Spring Hill neighborhood.
Today, there are urban neighborhoods on all sides of the city, whether its the Village Green complex or the Lincoln Estates neighborhood.
In some areas a few communities are getting shutdown, like the Kennedy Homes, and some people are having no other choice but to live further outside of the city, where the majority of the low income apartment complexes are.
Along with some areas changing, local public officials and the police department has given labels to certain communities as they are a gang, which would help give certain neighborhoods a bad reputation, especially when calling people who are from a neighborhood a gang is far from the truth.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.