I was watching a nature show on TV as a kid. They said that watering hole were neutral ground. Predators did not attack prey at the watering hole. I found that hard to believe.
The folks at the gelato shop have a watering bowl for dogs. Late at night when coming home from Rouses, I sometimes come upon a rat at the water bowl. Rats know this is Neutral Ground. They do not flinch, run, or act threatening. I can walk within 2 feet of a wild rat. I always say Hi.
Most domesticated pet dogs do not respect this rule. Neither do most humans. Says very disturbing things about humans and their close associates.
Yesterday on my trek back from Chase Bank, a young white guy came up to me asking if I had any water. I thought he was asking me if I had water to share. He looked like he might be homeless. But no, he was asking if I needed water & offered to walk with me to Rouses to buy me a bottle of water.
When I am lumbering thru the Quarter with my walker, people often mistake me for a homeless old fart. Some middle aged tourist types refuse to make eye contact with me for fear I will beg from them. OTOH, many younger folks ask if they can assist me in one way or another.
In many ways I like the empathic perspective of this generation. I like the young people these days.
Other older folk are friendly. So it's not an either/or situation. But I do look forward to seeing how the barely legal crowd develops as they move into their 30s and 40s.