the poorer and rougher section of a city or town
from a Martin Scorsese film of this name
From the mean streets of Galway comes one of the darkest and most underrated Irish crime writers.
On Southland, McKenzie played Ben Sherman, a patrol officer on the mean streets of Los Angeles.
It's not like I came up on the mean streets of Camden, or come from a long line of dockworkers.
I asked about whether they were worried about the cat running away after he mentioned “the mean streets of Bakersfield.”
But for a few nights a week, I become Xe BlackH20, a car thief and hit man trying to make it on the mean streets of Los Santos.
Not modern impressionist stuff; not mean streets and the photographic touch.
Then he walked up Shaftesbury Avenue, finally turning off into the maze of mean streets round Soho.
From the standpoint of simple decency and clean manhood and womanhood, any mean street, of all its mean streets, is a slum.
The mean streets merely look mean from the outside, but inside the walls are to be found squalor, misery, and tragedy.
The mean streets and dreary squalid houses took on a greater significance for him than they had ever done.