Pedestrians have the right-of-way only at intersections not controlled by signal lights; whether they are in business or residential areas is irrelevant. If it's says DON'T WALK, they don't have the right-of-way.
Originally Posted by mac
21461.5. It shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to fail to obey any sign or signal erected or maintained to indicate or carry out the provisions of this code or any local traffic ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to a local traffic ordinance, or to fail to obey any device erected or maintained pursuant to Section 21352.
But if there is no traffic signal at an intersection, the pedestrian has the right-of-way. I honestly thought everyone knew that. All you have to do is put one foot on the roadway, and motorists are supposed to stop. I often have to hold up my hand to get them to stop. Now I know why...