I Never Want To Go To Baltimore
Posted Apr 6, 2007 @ 2:55 AM
Well done Wire. Well done.
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Posted Apr 6, 2007 @ 6:09 AM
A place to discuss the show's portrayal of the city of Baltimore. I for one never want to visit. Not even for an hour. I might avoid an airport stop over.
Oh come now, I'm Baltimore born and bred and I've only been shot 3, 4 times tops.
Posted Apr 6, 2007 @ 8:40 AM
There's a lot of nice stuff here. The weird part is that West Baltimore is so isolated from the rest of the city. It's not that physically far from the nicer parts (Stringer's "New West Side" renewal projects are totally based in fact) but never the twain shall meet.
I do remember a funny quote from then-Mayor and now-Gov. O'Malley (aka Carcetti) a few years back, possibly when Homicide: Life on the Streets was still on the air. He said something like, "What's that show, Providence? With the nice doctor with the curly hair? It would be nice to have a show like that set in your city."
Edited by pomme de terre, Apr 6, 2007 @ 8:42 AM.
Posted Apr 6, 2007 @ 11:58 AM
I want to count the cans on top of the Police Station, and smash crabs open with a mallet in a bar that has brown paper tablecloths.
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And don't worry, Glark. The airport is way out in the suburbs.
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Of course having watched "The Corner" and 7 seasons of "Homicide: Life on the Street", I can't think of an actual positive depiction of the place. But then there's one person all those shows have in common - the worst promoter for the city ever, even if it's clear, as posted above, that David Simons clearly has a love for the place.
But no, if I ever tour the US, Baltimore is off alas...
Posted Apr 7, 2007 @ 3:07 AM
I figure, I wouldn't want to live here in Seattle if all I knew was "Millennium", so I can't hold Baltimore-based crime shows against the real city.
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Posted Apr 7, 2007 @ 10:29 PM
This reminds me. There are many terms and slang exclusive to only Baltimore that may not appear in urban online dictionaries, HBO at one point had a list on their site, would it be okay to start a thread for that?
Edited by Puds38, Apr 8, 2007 @ 1:16 PM.
Posted Apr 9, 2007 @ 8:20 AM
In the Baltimore ghetto, yo is both a salutation and the third-person singular pronoun; "feel me," means "listen to what I'm telling you"
Posted Apr 9, 2007 @ 10:27 AM
My band is based there, and we practice in the suburbs (Randallstown) and play a lot in the city. Our most recent gig there was supposedly in a "bad neighborhood" (on N. Calvert St.), but it seemed fine to me. The club has its own parking lot and it was well lit. There were a couple of homeless people outisde, but nobody really shady looking.
We've also played in Lexington Market a few times. That's another area with a bad reputation, and I've never had any problems there.
If you ever do get to Charm City, don't just eat crabs, try some pit beef!
Posted Apr 9, 2007 @ 12:52 PM
I'm pretty sure the trout isn't really trout either, just some cheap whitefish the corner stores and bodegas sell & call trout.
Agreed. There are a lot of soul food carryouts in those neighborhoods, and "lake trout" is one of the most popular items. It harkens back to the origin of soul food in the Deep South, where people probably actually did fish in lakes, before the Great Migration northward to industrial cities like Baltimore.
Posted Apr 9, 2007 @ 12:59 PM
What Simon hits straight on the head is the SELF-IDENTITY of the city of Baltimore. I've said this for years - that Baltimore has an inferiority complex - and it's more than just what happens when we watch our baseball team! The psyche of the city itself doesn't feel like it's worth anything. If Baltimore has the taint of "urban blight" it's largely due to how the city feels when it looks in the mirror - we are the scrappy, blue-collar, kinda dangerous, underdog; and we love being that, but with a soul dying to be anything else, if only for a minute.
Simon weaves that sense of self for a city's psyche straight into the heart of THE WIRE. Everything else is just, well, life in a city!
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Posted Apr 10, 2007 @ 12:15 AM
There's no shellfish in 'em. I know that, because I'm a native Marylander who somehow didn't get the crab gene, and I still like the chips. Old Bay's good on fries as well.
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