The Corner

The Corner

A Year in the Life of An Inner-city Neighborhood

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The crime-infested intersection of West Fayette and Monroe Streets is well-known--and cautiously avoided--by most of Baltimore. But this notorious corner's 24-hour open-air drug market provides the economic fuel for a dying neighborhood. David Simon, an award-winning author and crime reporter, and Edward Burns, a 20-year veteran of the urban drug war, tell the chilling story of this desolate crossroad.

Through the eyes of one broken family--two drug-addicted adults and their smart, vulnerable 15-year-old son, DeAndre McCollough, Simon and Burns examine the sinister realities of inner cities across the country and unflinchingly assess why law enforcement policies, moral crusades, and the welfare system have accomplished so little. This extraordinary book is a crucial look at the price of the drug culture and the poignant scenes of hope, caring, and love that astonishingly rise in the midst of a place America has abandoned.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780307833464
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Feb 02, 2017

An extensive year long look at the open air drug markets in inner city Baltimore during 1993. This journalistic book looks at the lives of many different addicts and their families and the effects that addictions have on their lives. The book is quite graphic in the descriptions of how these lives are lived. The author's were behind "The Wire" which aired for 5 seasons on HBO. Though these are not the characters in that series you can see some similarities to some. The pacing is well done and reads like a novel. Definitely worth reading.

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