No one loves a magazine or a newspaper more than we do; and being a bustling, creative metropolis, the Bay Area has its share of top-notch periodicals.
But as everyone knows, publishing is tough and favorite rags come and go, whether due to lack of funding, changing readership, the advent of digital or, you know, writers quitting their pen gigs to instead go mine for gold.
This week, take a look back at some local gazettes that have come and gone.
SFist (2004 - 2017)
SFist ranks right up there with Daily Candy and The Bold Italic as the one of the most heartbreaking closures in modern media. The site began its journey in August 2004 and quickly became the go-to resource for San Franciscans who preferred a hearty dose of snark along with its local news, thanks in large part to longtime editor Brock Keeling (who later brought his singular brand of sass to the pages of 7x7 before becoming editor in chief at SF Curbed). But then shit went down, and the shocking announcement came on November 2, 2017 that parent company Gothamist would shutter after the staff had voted to unionize. More than 100 jobs were lost, including that of SFist EIC, and one-time 7x7 contributor, Jay Barmann. R.I.P.