Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wire Creator and Mayor Nutter to talk Urban Policy in Princeton

We just saw this on the Princeton University news page. Mayor Nutter and David Simon, creator of the HBO TV show "The Wire", will participate in an urban policy discussion at the university on Thursday. As you may know, Nutter is a huge fan of the gritty drama set Baltimore. He hosted a screening of the final episode at City Hall earlier this year. And in Philadelphia currently, life is imitating art. During the final season of the wire, Mayor Carcetti grapples with crippling budget problems. Sound familiar? Nutter said he was looking forward to the discussion. "'The Wire', I think has had an impact on America," he said. On how the city fiscal problems on the show resemble Philly's budget problems, he said: "It's certainly interesting how these wheels turn around and life does imitate art....David Simon may have some ideas." Apparently, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was not invited.

Wire Creator and Mayor Nutter to talk Urban Policy in Princeton

We just saw this on the Princeton University news page. Mayor Nutter and David Simon, creator of the HBO TV show "The Wire", will participate in an urban policy discussion at the university on Thursday.

As you may know, Nutter is a huge fan of the gritty drama set Baltimore. He hosted a screening of the final episode at City Hall earlier this year. And in Philadelphia currently, life is imitating art. During the final season of the wire, Mayor Carcetti grapples with crippling budget problems. Sound familiar?

Nutter said he was looking forward to the discussion. "'The Wire', I think has had an impact on America," he said.

On how the city fiscal problems on the show resemble Philly's budget problems, he said: "It's certainly interesting how these wheels turn around and life does imitate art....David Simon may have some ideas."

Apparently, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon was not invited.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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