The Short Harrisburg Ghetto Story
The capital city of Pennsylvania, this small Central Pennsylvanian city by the name of Harrisburg with around 50,000 residents is often a shadow of the state capital.
As more than half of the population resides within the city’s black community, Harrisburg’s African American population has resided in the city for decades with their beginning being in the Uptown section, once known as the 8th Ward.
The Uptown section of the Harrisburg ghetto, the original black community of the city until the population began to expand out of the area.
Currently, the Uptown area is the main community of Harrisburg that is being gentrified, changing into a neighborhood now known as Olde Uptown.
The South Side of Harrisburg is home to South Acres, Trinkle, and 1-3, while being made up of mostly of the Hall Manor and Hoverter Homes.
The P-Funk is a few housing projects built in the 1940s and 1950s, as the Howard Day Homes, Hillside Village, and M.W. Smith Homes.
As the years passed, the city slowly became predominantly black with the help of housing projects and the displacement of African-American families from the Uptown area during the expansion of the Capitol District. The projects were meant to be a form of temporary housing but would later become permanent housing for black families.
Other than Uptown, the other neighborhoods are Hillside, which is divided into separate parts like Hilltop, Darkville, or 3rd Ward / Allison Hill, around Market, Herr, and Derry streets.
Even though certain sides of town would once go by the “Cuz” for Uptown and “Bra” for Hillside, there has never truly been a gang problem.
With demographics changing once again, due gentrification and other community aspects, as they did between the 1960s and 1980s, the people of the urban community are relocating outside the city into the suburban parts of the Harrisburg metropolitan.
*Note: All information is provided through people of the community, outside sources, and research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.