My City Is Like a 17-Year-Old

Salinas Is in the Middle of Growing Pains, but It's Full of Energy and Potential

Lucero downtown Salinas

Growing up sucks. Our teenage years are traumatizing. Our growing bodies ache, our maturing minds battle with themselves to figure out what kind of adult we will be. And sometimes we feel like we cannot find our place in the world.

If Salinas were a person, it would be a 17 year old.

Growing, angry, and confused, but also full of energy and potential.

When I was born, in the …