skid rowskid row
a usually run-down section of a city frequented by indigent alcoholics, vagrants, derelicts, etc.
Origin of skid rowaltered from skid road
A squalid district inhabited chiefly by derelicts and vagrants.
Origin of skid rowAlteration of skid road ( from the fact that it once referred to a downtown area frequented by loggers )
(plural skid rows)
Probably from skid road (“a road along which logs were skidded"), transferred to the streets of towns where loggers had recreation on their time off.