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“Alternatively Yours”: City Paper founder Russ Smith profiled in Johns Hopkins Magazine

While reading Rafael Alvarez’s Crabtown, USA, I came across the chapter on his early days at City Squeeze, the self-published tabloid founded in 1977 by Johns Hopkins grads Russ Smith and Alan Hirsch, which became the City Paper in 1978. As Alvarez observed, the … Continue reading

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Baltimore As It Was: The Work Of Photographer Tom Scilipoti

Photographic Memory: Tom Scilipoti has been documenting Baltimore for over 50 years By Rafael Alvarez (Baltimore City Paper, 10/23/2013)“…In 1966, Scilipoti was taking his camera everywhere, capturing images of a once-thriving and long-gone manufacturing city: coal-fired tugboats, burly stevedores unloading … Continue reading

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Former Burlesque Dancer Reminisces

Ex-Stripper’s Days Are Now Quiet Ones By Rafael Alvarez (The Baltimore Sun, 2/2/1993) It isn’t right for Jean Honus to be all alone on Barney Street. The house is quiet; hours are long. And there’s no action. Not like the … Continue reading

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Pennies for Poe: Near the Diner Grill, A Bowl of Change for the Literary Giant

By Laura Vozzella (Baltimore Sun, 4/13/2011) Baltimore schoolkids collected pennies nearly 150 years ago to save Edgar Allan Poe the indignity of lying in an unmarked grave. Now another “Pennies for Poe” campaign is under way, this time with the … Continue reading

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