A Look Into the Fort Wayne Ghetto
A city known locally as Fort Caine, does not have much of a story as the urban community of Fort Wayne is based in the isolated area of the East and South sides, all east of Lafayette Street and south of the Maumee River.
Population: Over 250,000
Fort Wayne Black Population: 34%
Rank in State: Indiana’s 2nd largest city
Poverty Rate: 18%
Average Income: $24,000
Fort Wayne Black Population Background
In the beginning, with the small black population in the state and after blacks were banned from living in Indiana, the Fort Wayne black population was a working class area on the East Side that was created between Creighton and Washington, from Lafayette to Anthony.
The community originally had hundreds of black families living in the area during its early days, with the population continuing to grow over the years and expanding further into the SouthEast side as far as Tillman Road.
The Fort Wayne Ghetto:
Starting in the late 80s and early 90s, the streets of the Fort Wayne ghetto gained a reputation and its own identity with the people calling the city Fort Caine, as the city would average over 20 homicides a year and about 200 assaults, except for recent years.
As the years passed away, the city of Fort Wayne Indiana has changed since its early days with a more of a decline in the community, especially with the number of low income apartment complexes, as most are located on the SouthEast Side.
Fort Wayne gangs does not exist on a large scale as other cities, but instead there are major areas and old and current cliques like, MOB, PAC, L Block (Lillie), 1500, Brick City, or 7 Figures, along with apartment complexes like Eden Green, the Diplomats, Chapel Oaks, and many others.
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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.