Before "the Wire," there was "the Corner."
"The Corner" was a six-part HBO mini-series, written by David Simon and Ed Burns, about life and death at the corner of West Fayette Street and North Monroe Street in Baltimore. Lacking the occasional comic relief of "the Wire," no show, in my estimation, has ever brought home the despair of urban destitution like "the Corner" did. If the series doesn't touch you, it's hard for me to imagine what could.
One of the central characters in the series (and in the book it was based on) was Deandre McCullough, who was just 15 years old when Simon met him dealing drugs on the streets of Baltimore. Last month, McCullough died at the age of 35 of a drug overdose.
Simon tells the story of McCullough's life and death in his blog "The Audacity of Despair":