The culture where people are afraid to venture into a neighbouring area because it is seen as a rival gang territory has held young people back, generation after generation.
For decades initiatives have been tried, with limited success, to break down these barriers and also reduce the violence which has been the ruination of many a young life.
The evaluation of the attempt by police, council and local people to target young children in a bid to steer them away from violence has revealed some results.
Over the years, the gang violence has reduced to the extent some are reporting it has stopped. However, fear and mistrust remains.
This work needs to be built on and the identification of an area with a particular gang has to be eradicated to allow young people to mix and move freely within their communities.
It has for too long hampered social activities, denied access to services and facilities and been a barrier to employment.
The focus must continue until we have a generation of young people who simply do not understand what it is to have any form of loyalty to a gang name.