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)
shipley terrace (54th steps)
lench mobb (when day holla out tha squad thay talkin bout that)
mayfair (mayfair don’t play fair)
paridice(paridice got that dice)
44th tha bay
riggs park (cause thay b ghetto)
barry farms (oy 1 way up)
kdy (9th 7th down 1st 2 kdy)
forest creek (it’s tha whooollllleee)
good luck rd
640 (hey 40 boyz)
3500 (were thay at there thay go)
big bad orleans
stay fresh hunnies
1-5 million airs