If the heart of a city can be found in the people it helps create, Baltimore is an interesting place to consider.
It is, after all, the city of John Waters and Frank Zappa. It is the city that fuelled Edgar Allen Poe’s dark imagination, and where F. Scott Fitzgerald spent some of his most important years. It is the city of legends like Babe Ruth and Billie Holiday, and of H.L. Mencken, the “sage of Baltimore” himself.
These days, Baltimore is probably best known as the gritty setting of David Simon’s popular TV show The Wire, and Homicide, the book and TV show that preceded it.
For Wire fans, there is a self-directed driving tour of various “important filming locations” from the series, which is apparently quite safe as long as you stay in your vehicle.
But if you don’t have a car – or aren’t interested in seeing the particular sites of The Wire – there are better ways to explore the soul of the storied city.