I think what the younger (under 40) reviewers and readers call pulp, it what our friend Jim Doherty calls "colloquial." Written in first person as if speaking. If not, written in short, choppy sentences. (The best, of course, is not choppy at all.) It is also action and violence filled, with chapter to chapter cliff hangers sometimes.
As for urban? There are all kinds of urban settings as someone else said. I know of several Baltimore neighborhoods that are only moderately mixed racially but that that are mostly white but contain the same problems as any ghetto--drugs, violence, etc.
Just my take based on observation.
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