In the words of Anita Smith, one our vendors for The Contributor: “Nobody wants Baltic Avenue unless they stack a bunch of little houses on it.”
When the makeup of her neighborhood started to change from working-class homes to condos, she knew her modest home might be next. She was right. On Page 6, Smith and Tennessee’s state historian discuss how this form of gentrification wreaks cultural havoc.
Our vendor Eileen Santos, featured in this week’s “Vendor Spotlight,” talks through her childhood struggles and love for country music. Page 3
Mayor Karl Dean is headed to Washington D.C. to talk immigration, and one local activist highlights why Nashville is on the right path toward integration. Page 4
Contributing writer Emily Snell penned this week’s “Noble Nashvillian” column on the Magdalene program, a powerful residential treatment program that’s paired with social enterprise opportunities for women recovering from lives of addiction, prostitution, trafficking, or who’ve experienced homelessness. Page 5
As always, our vendors wow us with their poetry and artwork on Page 8 and 9. Check out “OM,” a mantra on mindfulness, by Matthew Herold, formerly homeless vendor. You won’t be disappointed.
And John Parker, formerly homeless vendor, gives love to his longtime preacher at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church. Page 11
And on Page 15, Mr. Mysterio tells Pisces why their love or hatred for cilantro is OK, he tells Leo not to over commit to growing the cilantro, and he tells Aries to pull the weeds they’ve got growing around it.
Editor, The Contributor
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