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The gang infested Oak Temple ghetto

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Mayor Browne


By the 1990’s Oak Temple was one of the most violent ghettos in the country. Drug wars and gun crime were the day to day. Theft and assaults a norm. Whilst other ghettos in the Kings Valley/Imperial City conurbation were more run down or decayed, the Oak Temple was by far the most violent and gang infested. This was partially due to the fact that so many gangsters and poor citizens in the Valley’s other cities and neighbourhoods were re-housed here. Many slum dwellers from the notorious East Grands, Mulford Lots and Near South East-side slums of Imperial City Central were relocated to Oak Temple. Slum dwellers from the pits neighbourhood south of University Village were also housed here. This relocation of various communities into the packed Oak Temple contributed to the gang disputes, as mobs formed in previous communities tried to re-establish themselves in Oak Temple, only to find fierce competition from other older mobs and newly forming gangs.

Pics in and around Oak Temple:

Boundary between Parish Town and Centre Oaks

Centre Oaks Houses, a gangland breeding ground for criminality!

Centre Oaks Secondary School

Gang infested Centre Oaks where gunshots and sirens can be heard ringing out throughout much of the day and most of the night

Gang neighbourhood in Centre Oaks just north of the Centre Oaks Houses. Police have been ordered not to enter this section amongst others in Oak Temple. Whilst this has reduced gang on police shootings and civil unrest due to aggressive and irratic law enforcement, this has allowed the criminal gangs to establish their own violent marshal-law. Neighbourhood disputes, often the most trivial in nature, often end in bloodshed and sorrow for the community.

Gunner Block in Centre Oaks

Hard Block 99 and 100 beside Centre Oaks Secondary School

Hard Block Villains gang neighbourhood

Hard Block Villains on 99 Block

Heavy Industry in Oak Temple western section

High-rise social housing in the north west section

High-rise towers in the gang infested north section of Oak Temple

Housing north east of Parish Town

North of Centre Oaks

Oak Temple City Hall just south of the Centre Oaks Houses

Parish Town in the north section of Oak Temple

Piff Block in Parish Town

Piff Block in Parish Town 2

Piff Block in Parish Town South

Poor planning means the railway line splits the John Oaks Secondary School from the concrete football pitch. Access requires pupils to cross the lines at the crossing on the maine road, which is time consuming and partially dangerous. Measures to improve pedestrian connectivity to the ground is under internal consultation in the Oak Temple Council's Planning Department.

South west section of Parish Town

West of Centre Oaks

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