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Proposition Joe:
Finding the Balance of Business and
Bodies in the Game
By
Christian Miller
From "Game Day," 1.09 The Wire
ver the course of the five seasons of The Wire,
West Baltimore’s drug trade is run by a
combination of three men: Avon Barksdale,
Stringer Bell, and Marlo Stanfield. There is a constant
power struggle between those who have the
neighborhood’s best corners and those gunning for
them. On the Eastside of town, however, heroin
trafficking goes through one man and one man only:
Joseph “Proposition Joe” Stewart. Once Avon
Barksdale is sent to jail at the end of the first season,
Prop Joe becomes a far bigger player in The Game due
to his superior product coming from New York and his
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