City Pages Closing After 41 Years Due to Pandemic
TWIN CITIES 'CITY PAGES' WILL BE NO MORE
This is sad news. City Pages, the Twin Cities publication that features the arts, culture, business and politics is closing immediately, according to an article in The Star Tribune.
The article says that because of the Coronavirus, many of the places that support City Pages are no longer in business, such as nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
LOSING THEIR JOBS
30 people will lose their jobs due to the closing of the City Pages. This adds Minnesota's Twin Cities as the next casualty of 'Alternative' newspapers around the country.
The last print of City Pages will be distributed this week; so if you are wanting to grab a piece of history and put it away in your safe place, now would be the time to do it. The website will stay online for an undecided period of time, but it will not be updated any longer.
HISTORY OF THE CITY PAGES
The publication started in 1979 as a monthly newspaper called Sweet Potato. It was mostly stories about the local music scene. In 1981, Founders Tom Bartel and Kristin Henning decided to expand coverage and change into a weekly, which they named City Pages, to challenge another alternative weekly paper at the time, which was called Twin Cities Reader.
The good news is that the staff of City Pages are being offered severance packages and are all known as great writers, and there are jobs available with The Star Tribune, and they are hoping that it makes it easier on those losing their jobs.
If you would like to read the entire article about the history of the publication; it's beginnings, changes and recent struggles, you can click HERE now.
It was in the City Pages that I met and joined The Bear Creek Band, with whom I toured for a year, and met my husband at the time. There are many stories like mine of people who met because of the City Pages, and it not being here anymore is a sad day; indeed.