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San Antonio, TX

The Short San Antonio Ghetto Story

The story of the San Antonio ghetto starts with the history of East Side San Antonio and goes into the growth of the San Antonio Hispanic population and the development of San Antonio gangs.

East Side San Antonio

East Side San Antonio has always been historically known as the side of town for the San Antonio black population that started during the late 1800s as people moved from small rural towns of Texas.

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Over the years, the San Antonio ghetto of the East Side would become well known for San Antonio neighborhoods like East Terrace, Wheatley Courts, Croccett Blocc, the Stixx, Denver Heights and a few other communities of the East Side.

Outside of East Side, the San Antonio black population of both working and middle class families is located on the diverse Northeast Side in areas like Camelot or Sunrise as their presence has been around since the 1980s and 90s.



San Antonio Hispanic Population

The city is dominated by the San Antonio Hispanic population, which is located on all sides of town, but the heart of the Mexican community is mainly on the West Side and South Side.

West Side San Antonio, which is the heart of the San Antonio Hispanic population, has much of the city’s housing projects like Menchaca Courts, Cassiano Homes or the Apache Courts that all were built during the 1940s and 50s.

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The South Side is like the West Side as far as the community’s demographics with the San Antonio Hispanic population being the majority other than diverse neighborhoods of the Southwest Side like Valley Hi or Five Palms.

Currently, people of the San Antonio ghetto are slowly moving into other areas of the city like the Northeast and Southwest as the national trend of people either voluntarily or forcefully relocating from their original community to suburban areas.


The Short San Antonio Gangs Story

San Antonio gangs like the Mexican Mafia, the Bloods and Crips and number of other Mexican gangs have roamed the city since the 1980s and 90s, during and after the days of racial tension between the city’s Mexican and white populations.

Before today’s affiliations there were old school San Antonio gangs like Damage INC, Suicidal Locos, Young Country, PowerHeads, WSV Kings and many more.

With instances like the Klik vs. Klan rivalry, San Antonio gangs during the 1980s and 1990s gained a reputation throughout the state of Texas as this era was one of the most vicious times for the city.

As time passed, the streets have become better than what they were back in the 90s as San Antonio gangs are not as active as they were in the previous decades.


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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.