The Short New Haven Ghetto Story

One of Connecticut’s and New England’s largest as the city of New Haven is more than one of the top college’s in the country of Yale University as the urban community and streets of the New Haven ghetto is neighboring the Ivy League school.

With population that is less than 150,000, the city has a very diverse community with a racial makeup that is mostly African Americans, Latinos, and whites.

Within the neighborhoods of this diverse is the streets of the New Haven ghetto and urban areas that are based in areas like Westville, Fair Haven, the Hill, Newhallville, West Hills, or the housing complexes of the West Rock area.

These areas of the New Haven ghetto would become well established within Connecticut and New England with the development of their own reputation that dates back for decades with below providing a couple of examples.

In Fair Haven, a large Latino community had, at times, brutal disputes, of what some may say are New Haven gangs between Quinnipiac Terrace, known as the Island, and Franam Courts, known as the Ghetto or the G for short.

Another example of the streets of New Haven are two neighboring areas of the Ville (Newhallville) and the Tre, a section around Goffe Street, who were often once confrontational with one another as one can make the claim that Dixwell Avenue is the heart of the city.

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A housing complex of the West Rock area in the New Haven ghetto.

A large and reputable section of New Haven is the Out The Way area of West Rock. The West Rock community is isolated from the rest of the city, somewhat constructed in the middle of the woods along Winton Road.

With West Rock once being known for Westville Manor, Brookside and the Rockview complex that was once considered as the Terror Dome, the area has been labeled as one of the city’s more troubled neighborhoods with a number of issues, but the main cause is the area is a low income community.

The urban neighborhoods of New Haven, whether it is the Hispanic neighborhood of the Hill or ‘hoods known as the Jungle or the 8, are your average lower income and working class communities with its share of problems, but the view of the streets of New Haven should not be based on the media or local officials as there is not any New Haven gangs problem.


In recent years, the city of New Haven is revitalizing and redeveloping some of its communities, the process of gentrification with the rise in rent and the fact that the private Ivy League college of Yale University is in the area of Dixwell, Newhallville, and other nearby areas.

New Haven had once seen times similar to the days of gentrification, during the times from the 1950s to the 1970s as the city experiencing slum clearance and urban renewal with the building of public housing complexes and other construction projects, while in some cases removing entire neighborhoods, especially ones near New Haven’s downtown areas.

Before the 1950s, many of New Haven communities were the home of European immigrants until the arrival of southern African Americans and Puerto Ricans and Latinos, beginning in the 1950s and 60s, as the city began urban renewal with the building of Farnam Courts, Quinnipiac Terrace and Elm Haven housing complexes.

While in the beginning, the city’s European immigrant population of Irish and German families would receive the best jobs and housing, after World War 2 more opportunities opened up with African Americans receiving better employment opportunities.

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Newhallville of Dixwell Avenue.

Neighborhoods like Dixwell was once the center for New Haven’s African American population.  During the 1950s, African Americans were allowed to move into areas like Newhallville and by the 1960s and 1970s black families began to move west into the Westville and West Hills neighborhoods.

Around this time, many of the white families and descendants of the once European immigrants began to move and relocate out of the city of New Haven and into the surrounding of suburbs of Connecticut.

Today, the city is redeveloping certain communities, starting in the early 2000s with the New Haven housing complexes of Elm Haven, Quinnipiac Terrace, Brookside and Rockview, and continuing today with the help of Yale University as the urban population is moving to the suburb areas of Hamden and West Haven.

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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.