MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – City Pages, which has been an alternative news and entertainment source for Twin Cities for more than four decades, is closing for good, according to a statement posted by the Star Tribune.
The weekly paper, which is currently owned by Star Tribune and has been around since 2015, is closing immediately. The last issue will be distributed this week.
Paper began under Monicar Sweet Potato in 1979, two years after it was reconsidered as City Pages. It, along with the reader, was considered the most preferred alternative newspaper in the metro area in the ’80s and’ 90s. Reader was discontinued in the late 90’s.
The move comes as a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in restaurants, clubs, theaters and other places that are “a major part of City Page’s revenue.”
“As you can imagine, the current economic climate for City Page advertisers has turned unfavorable,” Star Tribune chief revenue officer Fisher Paul Kasbohm said in a statement. “Citi Pages’ revenue is 100% driven by advertisers and events, and those investments have plummeted – there’s no fair financial scenario that would enable us to continue operating in the face of this epidemic. Unfortunately, we expect a meaningful recovery of these sectors or their advertising investments in the near future, leaving us with no choice but to close the City Pages. “
For dedicated readers, the sudden demise of the paper made it difficult to swallow.
“He would never be free. I would have paid, “said reader Luke La La Rock.” When I think of the city, it’s because I’ve read it in the City pages. It’s because I see it in every cool place. “
Places like the Bryant Lake Bowl – the best-performing Hall of Famer – often win for Best Bowling Alley, Date Night and Comedy Theater.
“We’ll post a list of all our shows on the City page and then cross our fingers every Tuesday night,” said Bryant Lake Bowl artistic director Christine Van Loon.
Local news, politics and social justice also define the presence of paper. Weekly connection with the culture of the Twin Cities – is now only a 41-year chapter in its history.