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Bobby Rush

A new Baltimorean, mindful of the old

A new Baltimorean, mindful of the old

Professor D. Watkins' story hit a chord ("Native author D. Watkins: 'I don't know this new Baltimore,'" March 25). "Why must every black resident be displaced as soon as opportunity rides the gentrification train into town?" He opines for "Old Baltimore" and shuns this "New Baltimore" he does not recognize.

When I arrived in Washington, D.C. in 2007, it was 11 months after open heart surgery. As you can imagine, certain aspects of my life were put into a very new and sober perspective.

During my...