1.): "I want you to have the tweed suit. I bought it in the Loop a few years back. (...) I've worn it just twice and if I gave it to the Salvation Army, it would only wind up on the back of some besotted creature from Skid Row." (Paul Auster "Moon Palace", Philipp Reclam jun., Stuttgart, 2004, ISBN 3-15-009083-0, S. 25.)
2.):Christine Elks, a mother of three young children, has lived in so many places in the last four years that she must stop to count them on her hand. There was a friend's couch in North Hollywood. A shelter on skid row so dangerous they spent their days in a park across town. Aritcle "Housing homeless families" - June 12, 2006
at LATimes at: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opin...
3.): Entry at Merriam Webster online: skid row
Etymology: alteration of skid road
: a district of cheap saloons and flophouses frequented by vagrants and alcoholics