We first heard of Sidney Torres and the French Quarter Task Force when he started to get some press early this summer. We were drawn to it for the same reasons a lot of people were probably writing about it: it sounded completely insane. A rich trash mogul in New Orleans is playing Bruce Wayne, running a private crime-fighting detail in the streets of the French Quarter? Really??
Baltimore has gotten a lot of attention recently for all the wrong reasons. You've probably read about the city's economic struggles, with recent reports estimating that nearly a quarter of its residents living below the poverty line. Or maybe you saw reports on its failing school system, which currently graduates about 56 percent of its high school students, while the national average hovers up around 80 percent. And if you've somehow missed all that, you definitely know the name Freddie Gray.
Now What is a series I've wanted to do for a while now, mostly because I found myself asking that question at the end of a bunch of stories I've covered over the years. I honestly wanted to know what, if anything, could be done about a lot of these big, ongoing struggles -- with climate change, with homelessness, with food production, etc.