The Lanes Crew
The Lanes Crew (or Bottom Lanes Crew) are a small, territorial street gang originating out of the Grandravine Drive neighbourhood in the Jane and Finch community in north/west Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This gang's name derives from the many narrow lane ways in the structural design of the social housing complex at the intersection of Grandravine Drive and Driftwood Avenue which is considered the heart of their turf. Made up mainly of first generation African-Canadians of Caribbean and African descent, this street gang was heavily influenced by Jamaican gang sub-culture during the 1980's with the influx of West Indian immigrants moving out of Toronto's inner city core and into the suburbs. The lure of belonging, status and the potential money from selling drugs or theft caused many of the children of these immigrants to choose membership within local crews. By the early 1990's, the youths within Jane and Finch began identifying themselves as Bloods in response to roaming rival Crip gangs from Rexdale who would constantly clash them at local clubs and public events. But the 1990's would unveil an even bigger threat than those from outside the Jane and Finch community had posed. Growing animosity between youth from Up-Top Jane and Finch and Down-Bottom began to manifest itself. By the mid to late 1990s, the beef became an all-out war between residence from Driftwood Court and Grassways with adjective neighbourhoods choosing allegiances. Hardcore gang members from the Grandravine community were geographically and socially closer aligned with the South Side Connection Bloods, so they cliqued up with the larger gang, along with other smaller communities from Down-Bottom who continued claiming the Bloods card while adjective neighbourhoods north of Finch Ave. West began to identify themselves as Crips. The Lanes Crew claim the The Lanes housing complexes as well as the Grandravine Drive and Driftwood Avenue (south of finch Ave. West) areas as their turf. They are rivals of the Up-Top Shoreham Crips, Up-Top Driftwood Crips, Up-Top G-Side Crips, Young Buck Killers, South Side Falstaff Crips, the Trethewey Gangster Crips and the Doomstown Rexdale Crips. They are cliqued up with the South Side Connection Bloods and are friendly towards the Y-Block Bloods gang.