Rafael Alvarez knows how much the city has changed-and sadly, how much it stays the same.

Even though City Paper has some of the best local writers in town, most (or so it seems to me) don't have local roots.

I'm glad to see lifelong resident Rafael Alvarez's work in CP more and more. He knows what it means to have grown up in blue-collar Baltimore in the 1970s and 1980s-and all of the class baggage and ambivalence that entails-and to still live here. He gets the city: its anxiety, its provincialism, its insularity, its openness, its fucked-up-ness, and its violence. He lived here 30 years ago (as an adult) and he knows how much the city has changed-and sadly, how much it stays the same. The man's got some perspective.

Thanks for including him.

Danielle Sweeney

Baltimore

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