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Old 03-08-2013, 01:26 PM
 
Location: NJ
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A guy I work with used to be a Comcast tech and worked in Camden. A lot of the guy's he worked with refused to go there, but he was willing to do it and has plenty of interesting stories. When he would pull up on the street he would look for the guy that "ran the block" who was easy to pick out because he was the one everyone else looked at when he pulled up. He'd let him know what he was there to do and if it was OK for him to do it. With that guys approval he never had a problem and never had his truck touched. Occasionally he would be told "it's not a good time, come back tomorrow" and he would just pack up and head to the next job.
was the "guy who ran the block" middle class, lower class, upper middle? upper?
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:29 PM
 
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was the "guy who ran the block" middle class, lower class, upper middle? upper?
Based on income or appearance?
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Oh I am sure you did. Towns nestled along major transportation corridors in the southwest are going to suffer that fate.

Depending on your choice (I-8, or I-10) you saw, off the top of my mind, wonderful places such as Brawley, Indio, El (Hell) Centro, which actually has about 30,000 people in it, Quartzite, Parker, and IMO, the crown jewel, Blythe California.

The commonality with all these places is transiency. No one is really from these places, they just drift there, pop down temporary quarters, and are off again. In contrast, Camden, Paterson, Baltimore, Philadelphia, these places have generational roots, and a sustained history of tangible, brick and mortar economies. The SW places share in common people who 'winter', surrounded by $8.50 an hour service level employees that work the hotels and fast food restaurants that dot the exit ramps to lure in motorists who just can't drive any further or hold their bladder.
I think we went up to Barstow to I-40 to 95. Went through Needles. I remember going to a In-N-Out in Victorville. I swear, once you get out of San Diego proper and more inland, you can keep it. Wasn't a fan. My one son hates the desert after that trip.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Based on income or appearance?
income, i want to know how much the guy who owns the block makes. maybe i can get me a block.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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i have pix of me next to that girl! it's a really sad, sad town in the literal middle of nowhere. they have 'take it easy' blasting from the one souvenir shop. it's dusty, and run down - i'd take a newark any day over that place! but I hadda go.

here's the "center" of town where all the "take it easy" crap goes down. it actually looks not bad, but go one block in either direction..yikes.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=35.02...73.35,,0,21.02

I see your Winslow and raise you a Vado New Mexico:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=McCri...208.55,,0,3.39
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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I think we went up to Barstow to I-40 to 95. Went through Needles. I remember going to a In-N-Out in Victorville. I swear, once you get out of San Diego proper and more inland, you can keep it. Wasn't a fan. My one son hates the desert after that trip.
Barstow is where 40 and 15 converge. Had you taken 15 instead, and your destination was Vegas, you would have rubbed up against another favorite, Baker California, home of $5.50 a gallon gas and a big ass thermometer that prides itself on reaching triple digits.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=56403...333.12,,0,-1.4




The thing about this place is due to the great recession, Los Angelinos and San Diegans are not coming to gamble as much, and combined with federal budget stipends to rural areas, these places are now beginning to really take a thrashing. The owner of the thermometer can't even pay his bill any longer to keep it active. Even the pawn shops are going out of business here.

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Hollywood Fl, Maplewood Nj
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Based on income or appearance?


Probably based oh how many hoppers he had around him at the time...
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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income, i want to know how much the guy who owns the block makes. maybe i can get me a block.
In Camden you can "get you" a block for less then the cost of most suburban houses. As for income, I think I've read something where the local distributor guys like those "block captains" pull in around $75k a year tax free.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:07 PM
 
Location: NJ
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In Camden you can "get you" a block for less then the cost of most suburban houses. As for income, I think I've read something where the local distributor guys like those "block captains" pull in around $75k a year tax free.
hmmm i like the idea of tax free. i wouldnt be supporting our evil government. plus, it would make my username a little more appropriate. maybe ill drive through camden this weekend and see if there are any weak block captains that i can either buy his block or take it from him.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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income, i want to know how much the guy who owns the block makes. maybe i can get me a block.
Be aware those guys get fired a lot. And when I say fired I don't mean dismissed.
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