Five years after The Wire left screens, the TV set remains… how the real Baltimore is still poverty-plagued city of series
By Katie Davies (The Daily Mail, 4/10/2013)
They are images which wouldn’t be out of place in the opening sequences of the ubiquitous Baltimore crime show The Wire.
Vacant rows of houses; children hanging around on street corners with nowhere to go and homeless people telling stories of disease and crime.
But rather than a fictionalized view of the Maryland city, these pictures reveal real-life scenes from an urban area hit hard by the recession and still stumbling dangerously into poverty.
The number of Americans living in poverty today hasn’t been seen since Lyndon Johnson was in the White House.
And Baltimore is among the urban areas said to be suffering the most.
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