Is the 18th Street gang really on 18th Street?

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Yes, and on 11th, 12th, and 17th, too. Rather than swing by for a visit (Ask Chris isn’t one to pack heat), I consulted with Alex Alonso of the Web site streetgangs.com. The gang (an offshoot of the much older Clanton 14) formed more than 40 years ago on 18th Street in Pico-Union, the neighborhood bordered by the Santa Monica Freeway to the south and the Harbor Freeway to the east. It still has a stronghold there, but countless gangs outside L.A. and cliques all over the city have poached the moniker. “With that brand name,” says Alonso, “they get instant recognition.”
 
Photograph courtesy gangsorus.com

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