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Now and then: Places from 'The Wire'

"The pit," a low-rise housing project where D'Angelo Barksdale's crew hung out, is in West Baltimore's McCulloh Homes
(Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")

Now and then: Places from 'The Wire'

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To appreciate the 10-year anniversary of "The Wire" finale, here are a few locations where the show was filmed - picked at Twitter users' request - depicting how they looked in the HBO series and how they looked in 2014. (Warning: If you haven't seen the series, spoilers ahead)
(Justin Fenton)
"The Wire" then vs. now
"The pit," a low-rise housing project where D'Angelo Barksdale's crew hung out, is in West Baltimore's McCulloh Homes
"The pit," a low-rise housing project where D'Angelo Barksdale's crew hung out, is in West Baltimore's McCulloh Homes (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
"The pit," a low-rise housing project where D'Angelo Barksdale's crew hung out, is in West Baltimore's McCulloh Homes, shown in 2014.
"The pit," a low-rise housing project where D'Angelo Barksdale's crew hung out, is in West Baltimore's McCulloh Homes, shown in 2014. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The "Hamsterdam" area in West Baltimore is where drugs were effectively legalized by police in hopes of cutting down on violence.
The "Hamsterdam" area in West Baltimore is where drugs were effectively legalized by police in hopes of cutting down on violence. (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
In real life, the filming location wasn't in West Baltimore, but East Baltimore. In 2014, much of it has been razed, and is grassy field surrounded by a fence.
In real life, the filming location wasn't in West Baltimore, but East Baltimore. In 2014, much of it has been razed, and is grassy field surrounded by a fence. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The now-razed area that served as the setting for the fictional "Hamsterdam" scenes.
The now-razed area that served as the setting for the fictional "Hamsterdam" scenes. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
Police detectives McNulty and Bunk in one of their late night drinking spots
Police detectives McNulty and Bunk in one of their late night drinking spots (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The real-life location for this scene is an old B&O Railroad yard in Southwest Baltimore, in the Mount Clare area
The real-life location for this scene is an old B&O Railroad yard in Southwest Baltimore, in the Mount Clare area (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The east vs. west basketball game in Season One
The east vs. west basketball game in Season One (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
The filming location for the east-west basketball game in Season One is Collington Square park, in East Baltimore
The filming location for the east-west basketball game in Season One is Collington Square park, in East Baltimore (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
Bunk had a little too much to drink at Kavanaugh's.
Bunk had a little too much to drink at Kavanaugh's. (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
In real life, Sidebar Tavern at the corner of Lexington Street and Guilford Avenue in its place.
In real life, Sidebar Tavern at the corner of Lexington Street and Guilford Avenue in its place.
"The Wire" then vs. now
Where Stringer Bell met his demise at the end of Season 3.
Where Stringer Bell met his demise at the end of Season 3. (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire)
"The Wire" then vs. now
"The Wire" then vs. now
"The Wire" then vs. now
Bodie's corner
Bodie's corner (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
Bodie's corner is in Greenmount West, at Barclay and Lanvale. Here's how the corner looked in 2014, but it's been torn down and rebuilt -- <a href="https://twitter.com/GarlandAThomas/status/916008358905307136">and looks much different now.</a>
Bodie's corner is in Greenmount West, at Barclay and Lanvale. Here's how the corner looked in 2014, but it's been torn down and rebuilt -- and looks much different now. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
Bodie's corner.
Bodie's corner.
"The Wire" then vs. now
Bodie's corner is in Greenmount West, at Barclay and Lanvale. Here's how the corner looked in 2014, but it's been torn down and rebuilt -- <a href="https://twitter.com/GarlandAThomas/status/916008358905307136">and looks much different now.</a>
Bodie's corner is in Greenmount West, at Barclay and Lanvale. Here's how the corner looked in 2014, but it's been torn down and rebuilt -- and looks much different now. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
Cuddy's boxing gym.
Cuddy's boxing gym.
"The Wire" then vs. now
The beginnings of the Baltimore Food Hub are in the space where the warehouse that served as Cuddy's gym used to be.
The beginnings of the Baltimore Food Hub are in the space where the warehouse that served as Cuddy's gym used to be. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The decorations for Cutty's gym were still visible in an abandoned building in East Baltimore in 2014.
The decorations for Cutty's gym were still visible in an abandoned building in East Baltimore in 2014. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
(Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
A brief but critical scene featuring the "man with a code", Omar Little (no spoilers here, folks).
A brief but critical scene featuring the "man with a code", Omar Little (no spoilers here, folks). (Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
The store where the scene was filmed is Novak's Grocery, which burned down during the 2015 riots.
The store where the scene was filmed is Novak's Grocery, which burned down during the 2015 riots. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
The store where the scene was filmed is Novak's Grocery in East Baltimore, shown here in 2014.
The store where the scene was filmed is Novak's Grocery in East Baltimore, shown here in 2014. (Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
"The Wire" then vs. now
(Screengrab of HBO's "The Wire")
"The Wire" then vs. now
(Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun)
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