Those people just want to get through the the day with as little bullshit as possible and just survive.
I've had 2 jobs that had me working and making deliveries in both Philly and Camden. Along with having girlfriends that lived in Philly and Chester.
(I used to party in Trenton, but that's another story)
In Camden, I worked for Conrail, in the Railroad yards as a brakeman. The other job was delivering hospital supplies to Cooper and St. Mary's hospital. Camden's downright scary. So is Chester.
I agree with you with everything you've said 100%, BG. You have to have eyes in back of your head in those areas.