Every city has at least one area like it. It's not a destination area, no retail, bars, restaurants, recreational spots, it's just on the way between where you are and where you're going. There are lots of buildings, but no signs. Nothing ever changes. The larger metropolitan areas are loaded with them. If you drive by or through them at all, you drive quickly. You don't know what's going on there, and you probably don't even want to know.
Much of Norman Green's brilliant debut novel, SHOOTING DR. JACK, takes place in such an area in New York City, on Troutman Street, which, in Green's opening words "...runs from nowhere to nowhere