Anonymous20 wrote:I may becoming to Phily and I looking to visit some of the gang areas there. What do you recommend, i mean I want to go to the most grimey places there.
Anonymous20 wrote:As a resident of West Philadelphia PA for over 30 years I can certify that the contents of this post are accurate.
Philadelphia has no real visible gangs! This may be surprising because "percentage" wise Philadelphia's homicide rate is greater that LA's. There are some youngsters who are trying to live in the past and call themselves gangsters, but the time of the Philadelphia gangs has passed.
There are small drug gangs however. They are small groups of individuals who have banded together to sell drugs and make money. And the Jamaican drug Posses are very active.
The drug gangs are most visible in the Latino section of North Philadelphia. There, drug dealers will stand in the street and shout things like, "Weed, weed!" They are well organized and they have runners, lookouts, and enforcers.
Those of gangbanging age in Philadelphia can go anywhere they wish without being asked, "Where are you from?" or "Why are you wearing those colors?" The only problem that they may have is if they happen to stray on a drug dealers corner and the dealer thinks that they are selling.
In the 60s and 70s Philadelphia had a severe gang problem. I have gotten first hand info about this from my brother who was a gang leader and my father who was a Police Officer. I was pretty young during this time but I remember that my brother always had a lot of friends around him. In some sections of the city every few blocks there was a different gang, and they were all very violent.
In my Father's district there was a gang called Carpenter Street. They would go to the funeral of those who they killed and shoot up the casket.
My brother used to tell me stories about his gang. They were called the Creek. Once at a party two guys from a gang called the Zip pulled out two 45s, each, and started blasting. When they ran out of ammo one of my brother's gang pulled out a shotgun and started shooting at them. He hit a lot of people and some were hurt by the buckshot.
One of the differences that I see in the old Philadelphia gangs was that even though they did a lot of shooting, they also did a lot of fighting. I am not sure if this is the case with the modern LA gangs. My brother was boxer and he had mad fighting skills. It was often that he would come home and show me swollen knuckles from someone who he had beat up.
Since this was before the time of the small time drug dealer, the glue that held these gangs together was territory and status. And since these gangs were not big money making institutions, they soon fell apart.
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