The Fort Worth Ghetto:
From SouthSide Fort Worth to Stop Six Fort Worth
Located in the Metroplex region of Texas, often overshadowed by the bigger city of Dallas, the streets of the Fort Worth ghetto, also known as MurdaWorth or Funky Town, are similar to any other city in the state of Texas.
Before the urban community and Fort Worth ghetto was in the areas of SouthSide Fort Worth or Fort Worth East Side, along with the Mexican community on the North Side, there were only a few neighborhoods in the city for people who were minorities.
The Black Community: Fort Worth East Side to SouthSide Fort Worth
Some of the first African-American communities in the city of Fort Worth were down by the Trinity River.
With bad living conditions and the area always flooding, the community moved to the Crump Street neighborhood of SouthSide Fort Worth during the early 1900s.
As more African-Americans began to move into the neighborhood, many white families would slowly leave this section of SouthSide Fort Worth.
The black community of Fort Worth would later expand further into the SouthSide Forth Worth, going from Lancaster to Rosedale and Main Street to Riverside Drive, while becoming known for Terrell Heights, the once heart of Fort Worth’s black community.
On the West Side, the Fort Worth Como neighborhood, a small community around Horne Street isolated from Fort Worth’s other urban areas, was started between the 1920s and 1950s with most working as servants for the wealthy in nearby Arlington Heights.
The legendary community of Stop Six, named for being the sixth stop on a local train line, was originally a suburb that did not become part of the city of Fort Worth until the early 1900s.
In the city’s early days, there were many successful African-American entrepreneurs and professionals. The success of the community and the fact that they were black caused many problems and did not allow them to have similar rights and privilege, and also led to a number of homes in the community to be attacked and bombed, by alleged members of the Klan.
From the 1950s to around the early 1970s, the era that brought an end to segregation, the community would slowly expand outside of its once discriminated neighborhoods and lead people to move into other areas of the city.
On the Fort Worth East Side, blacks were originally just based in the Stop Six Fort Worth neighborhood, but by the 1970s many would relocate into areas like Polywood (Polytechnic) or Eastwood, and would eventually move as far as the Meadowbrook community.
SouthSide Fort Worth, which was once bounded by Lancaster and Rosedale, grew towards Berry Street and further into areas like Highland Hills and Forest Hill, Texas.
The Mexican Community: NorthSide Fort Worth
Mexicans, with the close location to the country of Mexico, have been in the region for the longest, especially as many left the problems and conflicts that Mexico was experiencing. Many came to the city by either the very late 1800s or during the early 1900s.
Today the Mexican community in the Fort Worth ghetto is in NorthSide Fort Worth, especially between Haltom City and River Oaks with areas like Diamond Hill or Riverside, even though parts were once of the black community.
While the main Mexican community is in NorthSide Fort Worth, areas of SouthSide Fort Worth around Hemphill and McCart and in Fort Worth East Side in communities of Polywood, who also have a large Mexican population.
Gangs of the Fort Worth Ghetto
Starting around either the late 1980s or early 1990s, gangs of the Fort Worth ghetto began to take over the streets of the city nicknamed MurderWorth.
The Fort Worth ghetto of the South Side gained its reputation for two separate sections off of Evans, the Agg Land and Hoova Land. On the East Side, there is Poly, MeadowBrook, Echo Heights, and the well-known areas of Stop Six Fort Worth and East Wood.
While the SouthSide Fort Worth and the Fort Worth East Side are the main sections of the Fort Worth ghetto, there is still the Como neighborhood of the West Side and the Riverside area on the NorthSide Fort Worth.
Some of these areas were once known to be either Blood or Crip affiliated, during the days of gang banging in Fort Worth. While today some people may claim a certain affiliation, the era of gangs running the city is mostly of the past generation.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.
Fort Worth History Sources:
George, Juliet. Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights. Charleston, SC. Arcadia Publishing, 2010. Print
Selcer, Richard F. A History of Fort Worth in Black & White: 165 Years of African-American Life. University of North Texas Press, 2015. Print.
Roark, Carol E., and Tarrant County Historical Society. Fort Worth & Tarrant County: An Historical Guide. N.p.: Texas Christian U / English, 2003. Print.
Knight, Oliver, and Cissy Stewart. Lale. Fort Worth: Outpost on the Trinity. N.p.: Texas Christian U / English, 1990. Print.
Cuéllar, Carlos Eliseo. Stories from the Barrio: A History of Mexican Fort Worth. Fort Worth, TX: TCU, 2003. Print.