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Oh wow. This is a really sad day for the world of local journalism. I just heard the news that SFist and the entire Gothamist network have shut down.

Started in 2009, the Gothamist network was a collection of websites that break news about the cities they were in. There was SFist, LAist, Shanghaiist, and a ton of other cities. They were great places to learn about how a city ticked and what kind of dirt got underneath its fingernails. It was also a great way to stay up on everything happening in a city’s arts, culture, food, and nightlife scenes.

Like the shuttering of The SF Bay Guardian a few years back this is bad news for all of us. The more news outlets we have, the better. That way we have more eyes and ears keeping tabs on what’s happening in our cities. What’s even worse is that the billionaire who owns the network didn’t even have the decency to leave the archives up so that the journalists could at least download their work. It’s also being reported that he shut them down because the journalists were trying to unionize. What a scum-sucking piece of shit.

I’ve seen a lot of really great media outlets die in the past decade and it’s really gutted me each time. I love media. That’s the business that I’m in. But the cause of death is always this: The publishing business is broken. 

Which brings me to a very important point. is still here! And I intended to always be here. But I’m gonna need your help to do so.

The only way Broke-Ass Stuart can survive is if you take an active part in helping it do so. I need you to become a patron and help BAS be sustainable. We just launched this Patreon Page last week where you can kick in a little bit each month to help keep BAS afloat. And in return you get some really great rewards. Check them out.

What the top of my Patreon Page looks like

The Gothamist network had full time employees whose job it was to sell advertising space and even that wasn’t enough. This only proves that the only way a media company can exist is if it is supported by its readers.

So thank you for being here. Thank you for taking part. And thank you for making sure that will always be here to stir shit up.

RIP SFist and the rest of the Gothamist network.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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  1. dawdler
    November 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve been reading that paid subscriptions are going up for some outlets. Esp. after Trump won. But it seems to be mainly big, national publications. NYTimes, WAPost, etc. I like the Patreon model. But you know what doesn’t help – that there’s so much crap running on this web page right now that I can barely type. There’s a lag.

    • Bay City News
      Broke-Ass Stuart
      November 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Once we can start making a sustainable amount of money on Patreon I’m gonna be able to get more and more of the crap ads off the site.

      • dawdler
        November 3, 2017 at 10:00 am

        Shouldn’t there be a link to your Patreon page somewhere on the “donate” page? Am I missing it?

      • Bay City News
        Broke-Ass Stuart
        November 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        People can still donate there. And there will be a Patreon button up soon.
        There are a number of links in the article to the Patreon page but here is think as well:

    • David Israels
      November 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      Ad blocker

      • Bay City News
        Broke-Ass Stuart
        November 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        And what does that do to help websites stay afloat?

      • David Israels
        November 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        It teaches the owners of websites to be responsive to their readers and not fill their websites with a lot of junky ads.

        Besides, you apparently didn’t have a clue about the real story of the demise of this network. (Further proof that amateurs have no business trying to tackle the very tough job of journalist.) The Gothamist didn’t close for financial reasons it closed for political reasons: The fascist billionaire who owned it killed his baby because it had just gone union.