Wendell Pierce, centre, as Detective William’ Bunk’ Moreland in The Wire. Photograph: Everett Collection/ Rex Feature
And while he says constructing community gardens in blighted neighbourhoods is great, he bristles at the idea of temporarily beautifying low-income lots, only for them to be sold on when a developer swoops in.” It’s a bandaid on a gunshot meander ,” he says.” And they only do that in underserved communities. I’m not against community gardens, but you never hear of community gardens in Roland Park. In Roland Park, if a house goes down, they say:’ Rebuild it .’ We haven’t built the political will to go to those neighbourhoods and say we’re going to rebuild it, dedicating people an economic stake in changing neighborhoods .”
Pierce has experience in developing. After Hurricane Katrina, his nonprofit in New Orleans built affordable solar and geothermal homes in the area where he grew up, Pontchartrain Park, with the assistance of federal funds. Plans for a new project in Richmond, California include an Innovation Lab funded/ supported by Chevron. The team also have plans drawn up for swathes of west Baltimore, and a Real Estate Developer Index, which grades developers based on their community contributions.
All this suggests that Pierce might be inspired by a different Wire character: the ambitious politician Tommy Carcetti. But the “tri-coastal” actor-cum-developer insists he has no political ambitions.” I run from municipality to municipality ,” he says.” My role is town crier .”
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