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Was 'The Wire' just another obstacle standing in the way of the city?

Was 'The Wire' just another obstacle standing in the way of the city?

Watching Baltimore try to brand itself over the past 20 years would be high melodrama if you didn’t actually live here. And we’re getting a reminder of that this week as HBO Home Video releases a 20-disc box set of the complete “The Wire” series on Blu-ray, exactly 13 years after the Baltimore-set show premiered June 2, 2002. The box set was announced in December, its June release date in March, and this commercial product is hitting stores during one of the most turbulent times in recent memory: almost two months since Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, a little more than a month after confrontations between Baltimore Police and African-American citizens...

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