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Native author D. Watkins: 'I don't know this new Baltimore'
Native author D. Watkins: 'I don't know this new Baltimore'

D. Watkins doesn't much like the "new Baltimore." Writing on salon.com this week, in a think piece headlined "Black history bulldozed for another Starbucks: Against the new Baltimore," the Baltimore-raised and Hopkins-educated professor at Coppin State University takes issue with what he sees as the ongoing gentrification of his hometown, and wonders if there's a place for people like him in Charm City anymore. "I don't know this new Baltimore, it's alien to me," Watkins writes. The neighborhood basketball courts where he grew up with his friends, he notes, are gone, paved and/or built over. The Lafayette Housing Project, where...

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