Friday, January 04, 2013

Some sad departures

The past few days have been tough ones for those of us who like to follow, write and discuss about Raleigh. First came the news that New Raleigh is closing up shop.

New Raleigh was created as a way to celebrate and support localism and highlight the many individual contributions to the growing city. We think we succeeded at a scale we never could have imagined. While that love for Raleigh has never faded - the time to stop publishing New Raleigh has come. We are excited to move our focus to new professional projects and growing families [wrote founders Jedidiah Gant and David Millsaps].

You certainly can't blame Jed and David for re-focusing their time (like most people, limited) and energies (seemingly endless for them). I wish them well, and definitely respect their decision.

The departure of New Raleigh leaves a hole in Raleigh reporting -- particularly from a music, culture, architecture, new business standpoint. Listen, when I started this blog about seven years ago, it was my hope to offer a place where people can discuss things going on in such a burgeoning city, and I feel like this blog has done that. However, New Raleigh did that -- and then some. For years, NR was repeatedly beating the News & Observer and WRAL (and others) about news and growth. Sure, NR was very downtown-centric, but A) that made sense as Raleigh's growth spurred out of the revitalization of DTR, and B) as someone who lives downtown, hey, fine with me.

Then, today, John Morris, founder of Goodnight, Raleigh!, announced his departure. (We profiled John several years ago here.) The good news is that Goodnight, Raleigh! will continue -- and should be in great shape. The bad news is Raleigh is losing someone with a keen eye -- not just as a photographer, but as a recorder of a place in time.

We will miss you, New Raleigh. You too, John. Keep in touch.

5 comments:

christopher tamplin said...

With New Raleigh omving on maybe someone will fill that gap and report on things in Raleigh that are of interest to more than just a very small Hipster minority. I love those guys at NR but they really only catered to a small group that thought just like them.

Anonymous said...

Now that NR is gone maybe someone will report on things happening in downtown Raleigh and surrounding neighborhoods with a more inclusive view. Their stories and take on thing only catered to a small hipster crowd and made anyone who did not think like them feel small or isolated from everything downtown. There is more to this area than things from Ashley Christensen and Kings. It is time for someone to write about things that are important to all people in this area.

Anonymous said...

I can see where people feel like NR catered to the hipster crowd. On the positive side, they were often the first to announce new restaurants or stores -- sometimes long before anyone else.

Jeff@Calvert said...

I appreciate what NR brought to the table. Was a good resource for me. Wish the guys well.

Arthur in the Garden! said...

Change is the only constant...