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Sad day: Boston Phoenix is closing

March 14, 2013

Today, the Boston Phoenix – one of the OGs of the alt-weekly world – sent out this Tweet:

@BostonPhoenix Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck.

A quick Google search revealed that the paper, which has served Boston for nearly 50 years, is folding. Its sister papers, the Portland Phoenix and the Providence Phoenix, will continue operating, per a press release:

The Phoenix Media/Communications Group owner and publisher Stephen M. Mindich today announced a major reorganization. Among the changes:
With the issue dated March 15, The Phoenix, the 47 year old alternative arts and news weekly will cease print publication. The online issue slated for the week of March 22, will be the publication’s last.
The Portland Phoenix in Maine and the Providence Phoenix in Rhode Island will be unaffected. They will continue weekly publication.
The custom publishing unit of the PM/CG, likewise, will stay in business. as will MassWeb Printing, based in Auburn MA.
Mindich announced these changes at a staff meeting at 2 pm today. Freelance contributors were notified subsequent to that.

We’re sorry to see them go.


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  • Kayte

    When I moved to Boston in 1970 the Phoenix was the life blood of current events. Sad.