In a populated area there is usually no point looking at any particular direction since light polution is bad no matter where you look and most of all near the horizons (if they aren't obstructed to begin with).
The best way to watch meteor showers in a populated area is to lay down comfortably (beach blanket, patio recliner, etc.) and gaze up into the sky.
The smaller meteors you won't see no matter how hard you try because of the light conditions but the larger ones tend to get your attention even if you didn't look into the exact direction of either "Perseus" or "Aquarius". Keep in mind that regardless of the apparent origin the meteor can enter the sky at any point and some leave a bright long trail.
Midnight to dawn are supposedly the best hours.--
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