Skid Row


A skid row or skid road is an impoverished area, typically urban, in English-speaking North America whose inhabitants are mostly poor people "on the skids". This specifically refers to poor or homeless, either considered disreputable, downtrodden or forgotten by society. A skid row may be anything from an impoverished urban district to a red-light district to a gathering area for homeless people and drug addicts. In general, skid row areas are inhabited or frequented by individuals marginalized by poverty and also drug addicts. Urban areas considered skid rows are marked by high vagrancy, dilapidated buildings, and drug dens, as well as other features of urban blight. Used figuratively, the phrase may indicate the state of a poor person's life.

The term skid road originally referred to the path along which timber workers skidded logs. Its current sense appears to have originated in the Pacific Northwest. Areas in the United States and Canada identified by this nickname include Pioneer Square in Seattle; Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon; Downtown Eastside in Vancouver; Skid Row in Los Angeles; the Tenderloin District of San Francisco; and the Bowery of Lower Manhattan. The term Poverty Flats is used for some Western US towns.The term “skid row” may often be interchangeable with the term tent city. A tent city may exist on the premises of a skid row, but many tent cities are in areas not known as skid rows.


November 25, 2021

Kanye Believes He and Kim Separating Is Influencing 'Millions'

Kanye speaks on Skid Row. Continue reading…

August 15, 2021

Sebastian Bach says Americans should be mandated to be vaccinated: “There’s no politics in health or medicine”

The former Skid Row vocalist said earlier this month he’d tested positive for COVID-19 The post Sebastian Bach says Americans should be mandated to be vaccinated: “There’s no politics in health or medicine” appeared first on NME.

June 28, 2021

Johnny Solinger, Ex-Singer With Skid Row, Dies at 55

"Godspeed Singo. Say hello to Scrappy for us,” reads a statement shared by Skid Row.

June 27, 2021

Former Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Dead at 55

Metal act's longest-serving vocalist revealed he was battling liver failure in May

June 27, 2021

Ex-Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger dies aged 55

Solinger announced only last month that he was suffering from liver failure The post Ex-Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger dies aged 55 appeared first on NME.


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