Thursday Doors (The Wire Neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland)

We have a family member (hubs’ side of family) who had cancer surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital this week (he is doing very well, and asked for privacy). Johns Hopkins Hospital (here) is noted for inventing the rechargeable pacemaker, renal dialysis, and insulin research. (Side note – I do have some thoughts about the sick care in our culture and might address this in a later post.)

This hospital also happens to sit in the same Baltimore neighborhood that HBO’s The Wire was filmed.

I have not seen a full episode of The Wire, yet, but I had a chance to grab some photos of this iconic area. I have more photos to share in another post – because today’s post has various doors as I am connecting to Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge. Go here to join in or see more entries. 

The older part of Johns Hopkins hospital – May 6 – 12th is Nursing Week in the U.S.

Glass doors in the newer, remodeled area.

In front of Hospital – – Linked to Pull up a Seat (week 19)
Two doctors chat behind the decorative glass.
Two citizens walk along the street – right near the hospital entrance. 

 

We walked through this neighborhood to reach the hospital.
The ally between buildings was locked – the next photo shows what is beyond the gate.

 

 

Grabbed this photo of door 612 while hubs was driving us to the parking area. It was only later that the lady – at door 614 – stood out to me. Her stance and glare said a lot. 

 

A lot of history here in Baltimore.

Trailer for The Wire

The Wire Tidbits (from here)

  • The Wire is a show that explored what was wrong with the police department, lawmakers, criminals, school systems, and the media. It represented what was (and still is) happening in the community – with the handling of the many “gray lines” that still exist today.
  • The Wire made the city of Baltimore the star of the show: Baltimore was more than a backdrop and setting for The Wire. “From its street corners to its classrooms to the corridors of power, this city was the prism through which issues and themes were refracted.”
  • The Wire was airing at the time of The Sopranos and some say this might have interfered with the shows initial success.
  • Michael K. Williams noted that one episode of The Sopranos cost the same as an entire season of The Wire.
  • Benjamin Rozovas, film and TV critic for France’s Premiere Magazine, has argued that The Wire’s endurance today is because it was consistently unnoticed for so long.
  • The Wire benefited from airing during the so-called ‘golden age’ of TV at the turn of the new millennium, before TV became aware of itself and of its staying power.
  • “Sheeeiiiit” – Isiah Whitlock Jr. (he played Clay Davis – a corrupt senator) and this stretched out version of shit – became one of the show’s most memorable catchphrases.

 

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Leaving the city. Linked to OWS for pollution

P R I O R H O U S E

MAY 2019

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78 thoughts on “Thursday Doors (The Wire Neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland)

    1. Hi dan – so many doers here and in this neighborhood I was surprised by how many “corner” doors there were –
      None made it to this post – but did you see a lot of the corner facing doors (like CVS has — ha)

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  1. Haven’t been to Baltimore in years and have never seen “The Wire.” 😕. The alley reminds me of some in Philly, with barbed wire above the gate. I’m glad that your husband’s relative is doing well!

    janet

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      1. I looked it up and I don’t think it’s my cup of iced vanilla latte. Let me know how the second attempt goes for you.

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  2. Get gallery of life in Baltimore Yvette 🙂 I am glad that gate was locked so you couldn’t get in and steal all that valuable stuff 😀 😀 I think you may have photographed the lookout for a crack house or sex workers house. She really is a mean guard.

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    1. Your comment really made me laugh and you could be right – or she was just waiting for her ride to pick her up! But you can feel her energy!
      And there so many of those locked alley ways –
      So interesting

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  3. I’ve been to Baltimore a few times, but have never seen The Wire. I went to Johns Hopkins when I was a child to see an eye doc believe it or not. I like your door photos, they remind of the what I saw around the university.

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    1. Hi ally bean –
      And when you mention the university – I forgot to mention that this is a huge part of the Johns Hopkins system – well likely folks know – as you did and ha e that experience (and that is cool that you went there as a child – must be connected in the doctor world – ha) but they are a teaching hospital
      And there were University busses all
      around

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    1. Thanks so much for the succinct comment about each photo having a bit of its own story – I made this post rather quick – and seriously did not put too much thought into it (I was not going to post til
      Sunday but then I saw Joanne’s inspired quick post, spurred by Norm’s quick post) and so I thought why not create a quick post. And then I was regretting not having any corner doors (they have so many in this area) but after reading your comment and scrolling the 12 pics I did include – I felt content with what unfolded – so thanks for the feedback!
      Such a busy week and still unpacking –
      Have a nice day

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    1. Wow – two Iconic shows back to back! Did you like the show?
      And recovery is a great time to binge watch good shows – I used to use “indoor recumbent bike time” for some of my show exploring.

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    1. Haha – same here – I would not ask her where the nearest 7-11 is…
      And Thursday Doors is hosted by Norm 2.0 and people from all over the word share photos of doors of any kind – the weekly shares run Thursday thru Saturday – and the door crew people are pretty friendly folks – and while some folks share seriously good photography – sometimes there are blurry “drive by” shares and then some
      Bloggers have their own themes – and or extensions with posts that cover history or personal stories (right up the templeton ratmobile alley) the link is at the top of the post – check out norm’s blog for more info

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  4. (EN) The video seems to be not available here. Interesting and a bit “journalistic” post, Y. Love it😊
    (IT) Il video sembra non essere disponibile qui. Post interessante e un po’ “giornalistico”, Y. Mi piace molto 😊

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    1. Hi forthemo – the Video is the actual
      HBO trailer so maybe you can access it fromtheir website (well if you want to see it – but it does show the streets of Baltimore in the trailer)
      And appreciate the comment – Grazie 🙃

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  5. I’ve heard of John Hopkins but this is the first time I’ve seen a photo of it. I’m sure that distinctive dome is a well-known landmark!

    The tiny iron gate blocking the alley way is what stands out. I have to say I’ve never seen an alley gate before. I’ll probably start seeing them everywhere now that you’ve highlighted them 😉

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    1. Hi Joanne – there were a lot of those locked gates on thin alleys – I will try and share a few more next week
      And I bet you are right – the dome stands out

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    1. Thanks Brenda -when we moved to Virginia my husband had a friend visit from California and he said he wanted to see some of the “bricks” – at the time I did not get it – but now I do – and so I know what you mean when you say you miss it –
      But I bet Asia has some other perks – woo
      Hoo
      And re: family member – the good news is that this family member did not need chemo and had something removed so I guess that is viewed (by docs and them) as something to be grateful for and he is doing well –

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      1. I’m so glad his prognosis is good. My husband is a Virginia Tech graduate and we love the beauty of the state. You are right, there are perks to everywhere we live (pro’s and con’s)! 🙂

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  6. This is such a great idea for a topic – doors! Why not? Great pics, and what an interesting hospital building – new and old. And all the best to your relative for a sift and full recovery. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  7. Your family went through some intense times. I did the same, I took images of and around the hospital:) Am glad for your family member that he is recovering!
    Beautiful building (1st image). What you are addressing here, I still have a hard time understanding. The Af. Americans I know from up close are all middle class and believers, and very different from what I see and hear in the news.

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    1. Hi Jesh – thanks for the comment and glad you like rhe first photo – and I was not really making any points with this post so not sure what you meant in your comment
      -but to explain a little – I was just showing the neighborhood around the hospital because it is the location of an old HBO show called The Wire. And we have been to the Baltimore area many times but never made it to this iconic part of the city – and so my photos were just showing the hospital and nearby streets. I might actually do a part 2 post.
      That is all – no agenda here- just sharing a photo shoot

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  8. I have never watched The Wire, but I love Baltimore! One of my all-time favorite cities to visit. It’s not the same when you’re there to support a relative in the hospital, I know. I hope you get to visit the city under happier conditions!

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    1. Hi Laurie – we have been to Baltimore on and off since 2003 – so I know a couple other parts (love the inner harbor) and thanks for pointing that out – that this city has some wonderful aspects –
      And actually to read that it is an all-time favorite is a pretty big statement -so maybe there is a lot more to explore there

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  9. So happy that your husband’s relative is responding well to treatment. I wish him well. Great set of doors for this week, Yvette. I haven’t seen The Wire, so thanks for the heads up; I’ll search for it. How on earth does a person fold their legs up to sit like the girl outside the hospital? 😯 It’s an art that has completely passed me by in all my long years. 😀

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    1. Thanks for commenting for on the seated girl- that is what promoted my taking true photo – she seemed so
      Comfortable and she was slouching a bit – but otherwise that she seems to have a sweet spot with lotus

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    2. Hi – well I have been doing yoga for a few years now and so my hips have opened a lot -(but some of the flexibility stuff is genetic – oh my gosh it is so genetic) however – not sure I would be comfortable sitting in that kind of seat for too long – and she looks very comfy

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  10. Never been to Baltimore and I don’t have a TV. What I liked in the photos was how you can see both old and elegant, and old and run down alongside the new and modern. That gives me a sense that a place is alive

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  11. Didn’t see the wire. But hospitals are important places. (Daughter #1 is a Doc and works at the national Cancer Institute here) Important places where we all end up one day or the other. 🙂
    (Hope your relation is well and kicking)
    Now, sometimes, depending on the place the treatment (humanly speaking) may vary greatly.
    Thanks for the post. I know Johns Hopkins by name, had never seen it.

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to chime in.
      I agree that hospitals are important places – and they have their strengths – but here in the States health care is very flawed – a lot of it is sick care management and prescriptions for everything –
      Everything is over priced (sometimes ten fold) and there is not enough being taught
      to empower people about ways to take charge of their own health
      Ask your doctor – ask your doctor has been brainwashed into people’s
      minds in a way that has “often” left people dumbed down –
      Further – in many places here the health care is fast food style – fast – hurried – low quality – and often (not always but usually) ONLY MANAGES SYMPTOMS
      Ugh

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      1. I know. It’s a worldwide tendency. Our eldest daughter is a Doctor. Infectologist. Works at the local Cancer Insitute. Too much bureaucracy and Doctor disdain for the patients. And two years ago I “toured” the French system for 3 weeks. A shame. And 30 years ago the French health system was one of the best in the world.
        Ugh indeed.

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  12. I was last in Baltimore in 2006. I admired the row houses and my husband hated every minute of it, lol! Sure wish I’d gotten doors.
    Never seen The Wire, too much drug content for Joeys.
    I really like that decorative glass.

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  13. Love this post! I’ve got deep family roots in Baltimore and at Hopkins in particular. My great grandfather was a doctor there when this building was relatively new. He taught at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, and introduced one of his students (my grandfather) to his daughter (my grandmother). My grandparents lived in this neighborhood in the 1920s when they were first married. I’ve written several posts featuring Baltimore, including this one: https://generationsofnomads.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/off-to-baltimore-a-geographical-genealogy-adventure/ (Also, The Wire was the best tv show ever!)

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and I will
      Check out your post! Whew – you really do have a connection to that area and hospital – how wonderful
      – and have added The Wire to my need to watch list. Just getting through and Selfridge and look forward to the wire – keep you posted 😉

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