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Kansas (Wichita, K.C., Topeka)

Kansas (Wichita, K.C., Topeka)

A Midwest state that is mostly just grassland with only a few metropolitan areas, the Kansas urban communities of the Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita ghetto.

From the Mexican communities to the neighborhoods of Kansas’ black families, the state of Kansas has an untold story

During the first “World War”, job opportunities for African-Americans made many relocate into Kansas’ main and largest cities, Wichita and Kansas City, with most arriving from the southern part of the country.

Before the employment opportunities from the World War I jobs, the first movement of African-Americans into Kansas from the southern states of the United States was known as Exoduster, as many came after the ending to slavery and the Civil War.

The Mexican community of Kansas is in a few cities like Emporia, Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, and a couple of other cities.

With its close location to Texas and Texas’ border to the country of Mexico, Mexican families have been in Kansas for generations with more and more coming into the state with the easy access to Interstate 35.


Some Mexicans, as previously stated, have been in the state since the beginning, while others came with employment opportunities in the meatpacking factories or jobs on the railroad.

In Wichita, Mexican families are mostly located around Broadway on the North Side or North End, while across the train tracks the African-American community of the city reside on the Northeast side from around McAdams Park to N. Oliver Street.

Other communities of the “Dub K”, the nickname of Wichita, are areas that people would later move to that are south of Kellogg, like Hilltop around Lincoln and Oliver or the Planeview neighborhood that was originally built for housing people of the military and would later become one of Wichita’s low-income areas.

In the capital city of Topeka, the East Side is mostly the city’s black community, around SE 10th Avenue or SE Golden Avenue, along with the Jefferson Square neighborhood off of SE Adams St. The Mexican community is mainly on the North Side in the areas of SE 6th Ave and NE Seward Ave, along with the Central area of Topeka being racially mixed.

In the largest region of the state, Kansas City, the black community is mostly north of State Avenue, with legendary areas like Quindaro Blvd., which is the name of one of the first black towns in the state of Kansas.

Outside of the Quindaro area, there is the Argentine and Rosedale communities, along with predominantly Latino neighborhoods around S. 10th Street and off of Kansas Avenue.

The streets of Kansas are obviously not as bad as cities in other states, but affiliations like the Vato Locos of Wichita or ‘hoods like the 3rd Street Projects of Kansas City, there is not really a difference of neighborhoods or cliques compared to other cities.


*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.