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Grove Street, with the Johnson House (bottom left) and Sweet Johnson's house (bottom right), looking onto East Los Santos, as depicted in GTA San Andreas.

"Tough suburb. So tough I wished my Mother-in-law lived there. Serious social problems persist, including, but not limited to, drugs, gang violence, car crime, murder, stupidity and self-deception. Home to the Grove Street Families, once the toughest and most respected gang in south central Los Santos, now seriously in decline."
―San Andreas Official Website

Ganton is a deprived district located in the eastern part of South Central Los Santos, San Andreas.

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It is bordered by Idlewood to the west, East Los Santos to the north, Willowfield to the south, and East Beach to the east. Ganton is a stronghold of the Grove Street Families, as Grove Street is located here, and is populated by many Grove Street Family gang members. These include Carl Johnson, Sweet Johnson and Lance "Ryder" Wilson. Former residents at the beginning of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas include Beverly and Brian Johnson (both deceased) and Melvin "Big Smoke" Harris (who moved to Idlewood). Ganton has a very high crime rate, with prostitution, gang violence, car crime (especially carjackings), poverty and drugs (especially crack-cocaine) as the primarily problems. As you may notice, after dark many prostitutes, Grove St gang bangers, and drug dealers will spawn. As normal, you will see many Police Helicopters (also known as "ghetto birds") flashing spotlights on Gang members or even the player. These helicopters are not harmful to the player unless he has a 3+ star wanted level. Rarely, vehicles will drive into Grove Street itself but on rare occasions, random vehicles will drive to Grove Street and park there or make a U-turn. On the bridge going over Grove Street, if your are driving fast enough you can crash through a particular section of the wall and land into the cul-de-sac (This happened to Frank Tenpenny in the final mission of San Andreas, End of the Line).

The name "Ganton" may come from a district in Edinburgh, Scotland (city where the Rockstar North HQ is located) named "Granton".

Ganton is structured as two different areas. The first area is highly residential, consists of many small, single-family houses, a bar (Ten Green Bottles), and contains a long street from the Ganton/idlewood border which runs and ends into Grove Street. There are two turns here, a smal bridge which takes you into East Los Santos and a small road that takes you into the 2nd area of Ganton. The 1st area is primarily populated by walking pedestrians (especially Grove Street itself). The 2nd area is much more busy, contains more driving pedestrians, and a long busy road which stretches from East Beach to Idlewood. The 2nd area also contains a housing projects area known as the Ganton Courts, a southern road which takes you into Willowfield, and a long high bridge which takes you over Grove Street and into East Los Santos. There is a higher level of gang violence on the Ganton/Idlewood border. The two neighborhoods are separated by the Los Santos train tracks running through. This is because Idlewood is a Ballas neighborhood while Ganton is a Grove Street neighborhood. It is not uncommon to see Grove/Balla shoot-out's from across the train tracks.

Events of GTA San Andreas

Ganton is the main stronghold of the Grove Street Families, but begins to come under increasing pressure from Ballas gang members (especially through the crack cocaine spread), hoping to take the area for themselves. This is facilitated by Big Smoke, Ryder and Mark "B-Dup" Wayne, who are secretly affiliated with the Ballas through a drug/crack relationship. Drugs have become a large problem in Ganton, mainly through Smoke and Ryder buying drugs off of Mike Toreno, T-Bone Mendez and Jizzy B. (the Loco Syndicate).

Ganton eventually falls into the hands of the Ballas gang after Carl Johnson is taken to Whetstone by C.R.A.S.H. and Sweet Johnson is arrested and imprisoned during the mission The Green Sabre. The Grove Street Families disband with no leader or OG's, although former gang members continue to wear the green. They more than likely continue to reside in Ganton, although they are not visible on the streets during Carl and Sweet's absence, instead, Ballas will start to form a presence on the streets. The former Grove Street Family gang members, under the influence of Big Smoke, co-operate with the Ballas and Los Santos Vagos.

Carl and Sweet (released via Mike Toreno) later return to Ganton, which is disarray due to the influx of drugs and Ballas. They re-claim Ganton as Grove Street territory during the mission Home Coming (re-establishing the Grove Street Families), and use Ganton as a base for invading other districts (such as Idlewood). Ganton, along with the rest of Los Santos, is later plagued by riots following the acquittal of Frank Tenpenny, although Carl and Sweet manage to 'lock-down' Grove Street, and bring stability to Ganton as a whole. Ganton serves as the place of death for Tenpenny, who crashes a firetruck over a bridge and into Grove Street.

Influence

The name is a play on real life neighborhood Compton which is in Los Angeles county, north of Long Beach. However, the housing projects areas where B-Dup formerly resided is more based on and partly resembles the Imperial Courts Housing Projects of Watts Los Angeles. However, Grove Street itself takes influence from Spruce Street in Compton. Likewise, the main road in Ganton primarily resembles Rosecrans Avenue in Compton.

Gang control

Since the gang was formed and at the beginning of the game, Ganton is a stronghold for the Grove Street Families and it remains one of the few territories in South Central Los Santos after the gang`s decline, Ganton came under several attacks during the gang from the Ballas as the neighborhood is surrounded by Ballas` and their allies Vagos territories. In the mission Drive-Thru, CJ, Ryder, Smoke and Seet went to a Cluckin' Bell in Willowfield, soon as they spotted a Ballas` Voodoo heading to the Grove Street, the four could successfully take down the Ballas and interrupting them to arrive at the hood. Another attempt, depicted in the mission House Party, three huge and enormous waves of Ballas tried to take the Grove Street during a house party, coming from all possible alleyways and bridges. Later on, the GSF lost a fight against the Ballas resulting in Sweet`s arrest and the GSF being completely disbanded of Los Santos, and Ganton falling into Ballas hands. At the end of the game, Sweet is released from prison and orders CJ to get him and CJ back to the Grove Street, there, the two brothers alone, eliminate all the Ballas in the Grove Street within Ganton, taking the neighborhood back as a GSF territory again. However, Ganton can still be attacked by the Ballas during gang wars.

Notable residents

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Other

  • Basketball Court (besides Sweet's house in Grove street, in his yard)
  • Ganton Gym (Off of the Ganton/Idlewood border near the train tracks - on the Ganton side)
  • Pool Table (inside the Ten Green Bottles bar)
  • Sprunk Machine (in front of Ten Green Bottles bar)
  • Video Game (inside the Johnson House in Grove Street)

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