Much more conducive to photography are older and/or run-down neighborhoods, and older industrial areas. Retail spaces are OK if they’re small and/or old. Big stores are OK only if you go around behind to the loading area and the dumpster. Construction and demolition sites and abandoned buildings are always good.
nice neighborhood -- alley view
My husband helps tutor recent immigrants in an ESL program two days a week, and guess what – recent immigrants end up living and going to school in older and/or run-down parts of town. I like to go with him and walk for two hours while he tutors; it’s good for my fitness routine and I know I will get excellent pictures in this low-end but photogenic neighborhood.