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Artists use new media to honor region's elders

Artists use new media to honor region's elders

In a region steeped in historical pride — from the former industrial might of Bethlehem Steel to the jazzy energy that once pulsed along Pennsylvania Avenue — a nostalgic stroll into the past is just one person's memory away.

Knock on the door of any rowhouse from Sparrows Point to West Baltimore and chances are good some elderly resident will be ready and willing to rattle off the history of a block, a neighborhood or a decade.

The advent of social media has made collecting and sharing those memories much easier. From the wildly popular Humans of New York, a photo and story blog about the lives of ordinary New Yorkers, to a Baltimore knockoff called Close Up...

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