San Antonio, TX


The Short San Antonio Ghetto Story

A predominantly Mexican populated city that has be growing over the years while also being second largest city of Texas, the story of the San Antonio ghetto is mostly told through the streets of the city’s East Side, South Side, and West Side.

The East Side of San Antonio has always been historically known as the side of town for the city’s black residents that began to move into the city during the late 1800s from small rural towns of Texas.

Over the years, the San Antonio ghetto of the East Side would become well known in the city for neighborhoods like East Terrace, Wheatley Courts, Croccett Blocc, the Stixx, Denver Heights, and a few other communities of the East Side.

Outside of the East Side, there is a small black population, both working and middle class, on the Northeast Side, which is one of San Antonio’s most diverse part of town, in areas like Camelot or Sunrise that have been around since the 1980s and 90s.

As previously stated, the city of San Antonio is dominated by its Mexican American population that is located on all sides of town, but the heart of the Mexican community is mainly on the West Side and South Side.

The West Side, which is predominantly Latino, has the majority of the city’s housing projects like Menchaca Courts, Cassiano Homes, or the Apache Courts, all which were built in the 1940s and 50s.

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The South Side is similar to the West Side as far as the community’s demographics, with the South Side being predominantly Hispanic, other than parts of the Southwest Side like Valley Hi or Five Palms.

Currently, the urban communities of San Antonio are slowly growing and expanding into parts of the city, like Northeast and Southwest San Antonio, as the national trend of people either voluntarily or forcefully relocating from their original community to suburban areas that are further out in the city limits.


The Short San Antonio Gangs Story

San Antonio gangs like the Mexican Mafia, the Bloods and Crips, and number of other Mexican gangs have roamed the city since the 1980s and 90s, during and after the days of racial tension between the city’s Mexican and white populations.

Before today’s affiliations, there were old school gangs like Damage INC, Suicidal Locos, Young Country, PowerHeads, WSV Kings, and many more.

With instances like the Klik vs. Klan rivalry, San Antonio gangs during the 1980s and especially during the early and mid 1990s gained a reputation throughout the state of Texas as this era was one of the most vicious times for the city.

As time passed, the streets have become better than what they were back in the 90s, as gangs are not as active as they were in the previous decades.


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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.