As you may have heard, the team at New Raleigh have decided to stop publishing:
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.
New Raleigh has been one of the leading contributors to the renaissance of Downtown Raleigh for more than five years. Their work toward fostering culture, entertainment, night life, and civic pride rank up there with the reopening of Fayetteville Street to auto traffic in 2005, First Fridays, and the Hopscotch Festival. There will be a giant hole in cultural discussion and news now that they’ve stopped publishing, and will be sorely missed.
I first met the Publisher of New Raleigh, David Millsaps, in the summer of 2007. I was walking down Wilmington Street with a camera and tripod, taking random photos of street scenes. He had just started New Raleigh, and was curious as to why I was taking pictures and where they were going. He told me about New Raleigh, I told him about this blog, and we chatted for a while about Raleigh and how fast it was changing.
Goodnight Raleigh was lucky to get a few visitors per day for the first couple of months, until the New Raleigh writers started to occasionally highlight our stories. I think it’s fitting that the first such example was my favorite Raleigh building, the G. Milton Small Office Building.
Goodnight Raleigh wouldn’t have the readership and city awareness it had without New Raleigh. We only have the community we have because of the collaboration we had with their contributors.
I frequently looked to New Raleigh for inspiration, news stories, and to just take the pulse of the city. The writers there inspired countless posts here on architecture, urban planning, and the changing landscape.
The contributors of Goodnight Raleigh would love to offer a heartfelt thank you to David Millsaps, Jedidiah Gant, and the rest of the staff at New Raleigh for their efforts and furthering the City of Raleigh. We wish you fortune and good luck in future projects.