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Streets of Camden.

A "barrio", coming from the Spanish word for "neighborhood", is a Hispanic community in a city. In gangland violence, barrios are typically the most-dangerous neighborhoods, as the projects are filled with impoverished people who tend to kill for money.

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Ever since the Ellis Island immigration process of 1901, people tended to stick together as ethnic groups in certain neighborhoods. The Spanish inhabitants of the villages introduced their culture there, including restaurants, markets, and clothing stores. But they are most famed for high crime-rates; cities like Camden, West New York, and New York City had dangerous barrios where gangs were formed out of the poor people who wanted to make money, using whatever means possible (including murder, grand theft auto, mugging, and heisting banks) to obtain enough cash to make a "better life", but once a criminal, always a criminal. Famous barrios include Harlem in NYC and Flamingo in Miami, both of which had high crime rates. In 1959-1960, hundreds of mobsters died in a renewed series of gangland wars. The Granados crime family, the "kings" of the city, were crushed by their rivals, the Trapani crime family. The Trapanis took over Miami, heisting banks and killing people in "contract killings". The barrio of Flamingo had the highest crime rate in Miami. Harlem also sheltered a few gangs, who fought each other to take over the businesses there and gain cash illicitly.