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How They Do Things on the West Side of Baltimore

Avon Barksdale on Managing Risk, Part One

Jon Gnarr, the mayor of Rekjavik, Iceland, uses the HBO series The Wire as a political filter. If you haven’t seen all five seasons, he doesn’t want to work with you. Crazy as it sounds, he’s on to something.

The series has plenty to say about how cities are governed. Many [...]