Wendell Pierce, centre, as Detective William’ Bunk’ Moreland in The Wire. Photo: Everett Collection/ Rex Feature
And while he says building community gardens in blighted neighborhoods is great, he bristles at the idea of temporarily beautifying low-income lots, only for them to be sold on when a developer swoop in.” It’s a bandaid on a gunshot wound ,” he says.” And they were 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 home goes down, they say:’ Rebuild it .’ We haven’t made the political will to go to those neighborhoods and say we’re going to rebuild it, giving people an economic stake in changing neighborhoods .”
Pierce has experience in development. 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 help of federal monies. Schemes for a new project in Richmond, California include an Innovation Lab funded/ supported by Chevron. The team also have schemes drawn up for swathes of west Baltimore, and a Real Estate Developer Index, which grades developers based on their community contributions.
All this is demonstrated that Pierce might be inspired by a different Wire character: the ambitious legislator Tommy Carcetti. But the “tri-coastal” actor-cum-developer insists he has no political aspirations.” I go from municipality to municipality ,” he says.” My role is town crier .”
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