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The Wire Tour

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[[Image:The Wire Tour map overview.png|thumb|550px|Overview map]]
'''''The Wire '' Tour''' is a grand tour of [[Baltimore]], taking you past various important filming locations for the highly acclaimed HBO TV series, ''The Wire''. It is a driving tour 54 miles long (87km) past 54 filming locations. It would take about three and a half hours without stopping at the sights, but to properly do the tour, you'll want to make stops for photos, food, and general gaping. It's wise to plan for a full day.
==Prepare==
''Turn right on Lexington and turn right onto Mount St. Go about four blocks'' and look for the '''Viva House''' (44 S Mount St) soon after crossing Hollins St, where Bubbles cooked and served at the '''soup kitchen'''. ''Turn left on Lombard and left again onto Gilmor St to get back to Lexington St.'' You will pass by beautiful Union Square on the right, with the HL Mencken Fountain in the center. Mencken, the "Sage of Baltimore" lived at 1524 Hollins St at the north of the square for 67 years, and to this date, despite the surrounding urban decay, this remains one of West Baltimore's best kept, wealthiest, and safest neighborhoods.
''Turn right on Lexington to go back east towards MLK Jr Blvd.'' Once you reach Amity St, look left—the second building on the right is the famous '''Poe House'''. In the show, a lost tourist asks a local kid where the Poe House is. The kid, being more familiar with the Poe Homes public housing project that bears Poe's name and is next to the historic site, responds, "uh, take your pick!" The Poe Homes were the site where state's witness William Gant, whose murder in the very first episode set ''The Wire '' in motion, worked as a maintenance man. Fortunately, you brought your Wikitravel map, so you won't have to reenact this silly scene. While closed for winter, the house of Edgar Allen is open for a small fee and tour from April to early December, Th-Sa noon-3:30PM. Just go up to the front door and knock. Street parking right on Lexington couldn't be easier.
''Continue east on Lexington and turn left onto Fremont''. You are now in the thick of The Terraces, a mixed use public housing complex that replaced the once blighted and now demolished Lexington Terrace high rise public housing projects, which served as inspiration for '''Franklin Terrace''', the high rises controlled by the Barksdale Organization.
Time for a good 20 minute drive to [[Baltimore/South Baltimore|South Baltimore]]. ''Backtrack back up Clinton St to Boston St and turn right towards I-95, and get on southbound towards the Fort McHenry Tunnel. This guide apologizes in advance for the toll and any potential tunnel traffic. Get off at I-395 and stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Conway St and then right again onto Light St''. Look right for the '''Intercontinental Hotel''', where the Greek narrowly evaded capture at the end of Season Two.
''Turn left on Warren Ave'' to go to '''Federal Hill Park''', a green space full of history both real and fictional from ''The Wire''. If you can find a parking space, and that's a big if, this is another great place to get out of the car. The views from the top of the hill are probably the best in the city. Carcetti loved to take strolls around the place to get away from politics and clear his head. McNulty's strolls were less successful, as he fell down the hill drunk while failing to exercise his police authority by stopping some kids from vandalizing public property.
(A slight detour to 1400 Jackson St at the corner of Clement and Jackson will put you at a house that served as the location for Delores' Bar frequented by the longshoremen.)

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