Washington, DC

Upshur grafitti, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Wow, a reader sent a link from a City-Data Forum listing all(?) of DC’s gangs and crews. I had no idea there were so many. The reader writes:

“Yikes, it’s scary to think there are so many in our midst and the city doesn’t do more to crack down on it.”

I’d like to think the city does a lot to crack down on them but in reality how can you crack down on so many? I’m guessing it’s what we’ve talked about dozens of times – improving schools, improving parental responsibility, etc. It’s obviously a much bigger issue than simply law enforcement. I saw a great documentary on PBS about crews from the south side of Chicago and how the crews really became a substitute for the lack of family structure to a certain degree. I don’t publish this list as a scare tactic, rather I think it’s important to realize just how big this problem is (even if only half of these names are legit.)

Another reader sent in an article from the NY Times discussing how NYPD had successfully cut crime in tough precincts.

Read it here.

A different reader also wrote in suggesting another perspective might be interesting from this article, The Cost of Fearing Strangers:

Read it here.

After the jump find the full list of DC crews taken from the City-Data Forum. I obviously don’t know if they are all legit but some of them I, sadly, recognize. Think this gigantic list is legit?  Does it  even matter or for the most part are these crews harmless?

cherryhil-N-marley(AWWW DOWN BOTTOM)
trinidad (it’s tha 12 trin trin trinidad)
28f (marlow heights/durty aka scumbag city bka beef st)
e’st
18th-n-d
19th-n-minnesota
36th-n-minnesota
37th-n-minnesota
deuce deuce
savanna terrace
1deuce
parkland
shipley terrace (54th steps)
condon terrace
lench mobb (when day holla out tha squad thay talkin bout that)
edge wood
mayfair (mayfair don’t play fair)
paridice(paridice got that dice)
49-n-quals
keniworth
44th tha bay
simple city
choppa city
501(capper)
106
landover
25 kentland
brightseat rd
palmer park
riggs park (cause thay b ghetto)
18th-n-monro
potomac gardens
glassmanor (1001)
wac walla
41
520
1200
hilltop
bradberry height
barry farms (oy 1 way up)
3rd world
southview
4th-n-doug
montanna
saratoga(****em)
21st(****em)
kdy (9th 7th down 1st 2 kdy)
rock creek
big 30
p-n-p
forst heights
forest creek (it’s tha whooollllleee)
da borda
good luck rd
640 (hey 40 boyz)
3500 (were thay at there thay go)
dipset
maple ave
homer ave
chaple rd
walker mill
swann road
***** walk
abm stars
most wanted
17th-n-compton
16th-n-death row
breed boys
tmt
h-n-r
world view
southLawn
dread heads
2fly hunnies
10th-n-gangsta
10th-n-k
1st-n-o
14th-n-cliffton
7th-n-cliffton
ctu
9th-n-cliffton
1st
6st
butler garden
cover gurls
unexpected hunnies
killa mafia
trenton park
ybr
ybs
big bad orleans
hbm
rock mafia
x-rated
highway *****s
allstars
stay fresh hunnies
highway hunnie
redzone
triple f
riverdale (rvd)
1-5 million airs
huntwood
congress park
kdp
seatpleasant
vallygreen
10th place
garfield terrace
mlk
wellington park
letroit park
7th-n-taylor
hobart
staton oaks
wayne place
g-rod
southern ave
31-31
wild boyz
18th-n-t
DISTRICT HEIGHTS
GLENARDEN
NALLEY RD
cheverly terrace
belle haven
hamlin park
hill rd

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