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Brown School of Social Work

Date Submitted

Fall 12-12-2014



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St. Louis neighborhoods have experienced quite a bit of social and economic change in recent history, namely rapid depopulation, a decline in the city’s industrial base, aging housing stock, and chronic unemployment (Decker & Van Winkle, 1996). All of these had a direct effect on the increase in poverty levels among St. Louis city residents and subsequently the rise in violent crime and gang activity (Decker & Van Winkle, 1996). Over time, pockets of crime and poverty, such as McRee Town, became eye sores to city officials and middle-class residents, and as a result large housing projects were demolished and more low-income neighborhoods began to see initiatives for development. This research project examines the effect the Botanical Heights development project had on the Dark Side gang by mapping the crime patterns of the gang during a span of nine years.


Social Work


St. Louis, MO

Gang Movement in a Changing City: The Case of St. Louis’s Dark Side
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