I grew up in North Baltimore in the 50s - 60s. Rode the #8 down to North Avenue every day going to the old Poly. Learned the city on foot and bus. Back then nobody really messed with kids, nothing to steal. Played a lot of soul top 40 gigs in southwest Baltimore in the 70's, neighborhoods not too different from what you saw on The Wire. It was rough down there then, still rough now. John Waters was just another kid in my neighborhood. Kind of an odd guy then, but nobody thought about it much. Guess he went his own way from there.