The Short Denver Ghetto Story
The only region in the state of Colorado that has an African-American population, the Denver ghetto and urban community around MLK Jr. Blvd and several other sections in the city has an untold story.
Denver black neighborhoods began to become established during the early part of the 1900s as most lived in the Five Points neighborhood.
The Denver black neighborhoods of the Five Points would become the center of Denver’s black society, especially around the historic Weston Street business and entertainment district.
By the 1970s, the several of Denver’s neighborhoods had changed and slowly became known as the Denver ghetto as people were moving in and out of certain areas.
The Five Points community declined and no longer was an exclusive Denver black neighborhoods as people moved into areas like the East Side and Park Hill of the Denver ghetto, after years of being limited on places to live in the city of Denver.
Breakdown of Denver Gangs
The streets became active during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s with Denver gangs claiming Blood and Crip affiliations.
What started out as cliques like the Park Hill Boys, changed into being linked to the Crenshaw Mafia Gangster Bloods and other Denver gangs.
Another area of Denver gangs was the Thirty Streets, also known as the Rollin’ 30s Gangster Crips and have no affiliation to Los Angeles’ Rollin’ 30s Crips, with blocks like Tre-0 or Tre Tre.
While the city’s Mexican Denver gangs like WestWood Hood or Villa Park Gangstas might be larger since the city’s Mexican community is the second largest in Denver, the East Side is a well respected neighborhood from the old block of 27 Bricc City to the Bell Side area of Montbello.
Currently, the city of Denver communities is once again shifting as the Denver black neighborhoods of the East Side and Park Hill are moving the Denver black neighborhoods into specific areas of Aurora or communities on the outskirts of Denver like Montbello or Green Valley Ranch.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.