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Largest US/Canadian metro without a weekly alternative freesheet?

Dan

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What's a weekly freesheet? Most large cities have 'em ... weekly alternative newspapers aimed at the college-educated Generation X and Y crowd, with a liberal editorial slant, decent investigative journalism; extensive schedules of local happenings; comics like This Modern World and Tom Tomorrow[/i[; restaurant, theater and movie reviews; and some very interesting advertising in the back.

(The definition of a weekly freesheet does NOT include regular weekly suburban newspapers, Pennysavers, Thrifty Nickel-type ad rags, activism/socialist worker-type publications, college newspapers, ethnic/race/religion based publications, and the like.)

Here's a few links from a few freesheet Web sites.

Pitch (Kansas City) - http://www.pitch.com
Westword (Denver) - http://www.westword.com
Willamette Week (Portland) - http://www.wweek.com
Orlando Weekly (Orlando) - http://www.orlandoweekly.com
Now (Toronto) - http://www.nowtoronto.com
City Paper (Washington) - http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com
Reader (Chicago) - http://www.chireader.com
Creative Loafing (Atlanta) - http://www.creativeloafing.com
Seattle Weekly (Seattle) - http://www.seattleweekly.com

I think Buffalo, New York is the largest metro area in the US without a true weekly freesheet. There is Artvoice, but it's published only every other week, there is no investigative journalism or news, and the content is usually limited to what's new in the local arts and gay/lesbian scenes.

Please, no editorializing about the typically liberal content of the freesheets. I'd just like to know what large cities don't have them, and why.
 

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The Reader is a great paper! I think it makes most of its money off of the classifieds, which fill over half of the paper. They're the best plase to look if you're trying to buy something cheap.

At any rate, I wouldn't be suprised if there wasn't some city in Texas without a "freesheet."
 

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All the places I have lived have lived in NY had them... Ithaca, Syracuse, Binghamton, White Plains (although it is county newspaper as the area is conglomeration of bedroom communities overshadowed by NYC)
 

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Interesting thread.

Milwaukee has the Shepherd Express. Madison has several although I'm not there often enough to remember their names.

I don't think Green Bay (102,000 + suburbs) has one.
 

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Edmonton has one, I think it's the Vue. I haven't read it much. I've always loved my weekly papers, sometimes the extreme leftism is amusing in itself. My faves: Seattle Weekly, Sacramento News and Review, Willamette Week.

Edit: OMG! I almost forgot my true fave: L.A. Weekly!
 

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Buffalo may be the winner here because every city/region I've lived or spent time in has a weekly "indy" paper.
It's odd that they wouldn't have one considering the areas size and student population. Heck, even Greenville, SC had one and Pittsburgh has least two that I can think of off hand.

Edit: my favorite comic in these papers has to be "The City" by Derf. He often has planner related issues like sprawl as subjects in the stips.
 

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Chet said:
Interesting thread.

Milwaukee has the Shepherd Express. Madison has several although I'm not there often enough to remember their names.

I don't think Green Bay (102,000 + suburbs) has one.
Madison's flagship alternative paper is the Isthmus. It is outstanding. I believe there is an alternative that covers Green Bay as well as other parts of the Fox Valley.
 
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Dan,
Artvoice is weekly, it has been for about 5 years. That's the only weekly left now that it took over Blue Dog. Blue Dog was the artvoice alternative for about 3 years.
 

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Dan said:
[I think Buffalo, New York is the largest metro area in the US without a true weekly freesheet. There is Artvoice, but it's published only every other week, there is no investigative journalism or news, and the content is usually limited to what's new in the local arts and gay/lesbian scenes.

-Artvoice is published weekly, and in fact they do alot of investigative journalism such as the casino deal, the control board and they did a major series on the peace bridge a year ago. The other weekly paper was Buffalo Beat, but they moved to the suburbs and became Blue Dog Press. I think they went under because a lot of people were pissed they moved to the suburbs. Alt-Press is the only other one I can think of but its published every 2 weeks.
 

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Re: Re: Largest US/Canadian metro without a weekly alternative freesheet?

Rumpy Tuna said:
Artvoice is published weekly, and in fact they do alot of investigative journalism such as the casino deal, the control board and they did a major series on the peace bridge a year ago.
The times Artvoice reports on something that's not arts, entertainment or GLBT related, it's usually related to city politics. The breadth of journalism that you would find in Artvoice is very narrow compared to the other alternative newspapers. If it is a true alternative weekly, why is it still called Artvoice?

The biweekly Alt is more-or-less a sounding board for RIchard Kern, a local activist. It's mostly ranting about housing, local politics and justice for janitors, issues that you see in the "Socialist Worker's World" type newspapers. The layout and graphics are worse than most high school newspapers. Editions usually have no more than 10 or 12 pages, compared to 60 or more for the alternative weeklies. I would classify it as an activism paper; it's more like a 1960s underground paper than a modern alternative weekly.
 

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Dan said:
If it is a true alternative weekly, why is it still called Artvoice?

The biweekly Alt is Richard Kern's sounding board. It's mostly ranting about housing, local politics and justice for janitors, issues that you see in the "Socialist Worker's World" type newspapers.

-I think its still called Artvoice basically because of what you posted in your first post, it still is heavily written about the arts scene, but also lists nightlife, concerts, movie schedules, restaurant listing and reviews, etc.
While it does write about local political issues, occasionally you do read articles about planning topics affecting the region and occasional reviews of forums and presentations by planners who have presented lectures on topics relating to the field. I know they did an interview with a speaker who was presenting a lecture on smart growth and sprawl. the speaker was from maryland i believe (i forget the name).
It also has all the things you describe as being required for a weekly freesheet. Comics such as "Life in Hell" and other written series such as "News of the Weird". It also has an extensive classified section and the infamous adult section that most weekly rags have.

http://www.artvoice.com

-As for the Alt, its exactly how you describe it.
 

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Tranplanner said:
Wouldn't Toronto's Now or Eye qualify as Buffalo's weekly alt-rag? ;)
-I don't think so, because we already have 1 weekly rag and I don't think anyone in Toronto would care to read about whats happening in buffalo. Plus I have never seen those rags distributed anywhere in Buffalo.
 

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Despite their underdog status, these papers seem to conglomerate and grow like any other business. The Boston Phoenix bought out the Providence New Paper a few years ago and is now a regional chain of alt weeklies with Boston, Providence and Portland, ME editions. Oh, and they don't seem to like GW - is that strange?

To match they've got a radio network broadcasting in the same 3 cities. Ironically the radio station put out by these arts and entertainment experts is the worst station there is for playing the same Godsmack and Linkin Park songs every 10 minutes. The music they praise in print never makes it on the air.
 
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