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.