Torontoist is one of fourteen cities in the worldwide Gothamist network. Once a week, the editors of each site—from LAist to Londonist—compile some of their most interesting posts into a brief blurb. It’s Elsewhere in The Ist-a-Verse, and it appears, across the network, every Sunday morning.
Photo by David Topping.
Banner week for SFist as the site’s new editor introduced himself — hooray for Brock! While the NY Times weighed in on SF’s mayoral race, only SFist had the (insert tongue firmly into cheek) hard-hitting latest on candidate/activist Josh Wolf. Coverage of a protest vs. gentrification spawned a fantastic debate amongst SFist’s readers. Finally, from the sublime to the ridiculous: video of a man that confused a Board of Supes meeting with “open mic night” and sang a custom version of Madonna’s “Borderline” to a much-beleaguered board member.
Phillyist has had a busy week, looking for power outlets while liveblogging the First Annual Blog Philadelphia “unconference.” (Here’s day 1 and day 2 of their coverage, and a video from the event.) They also interviewed Chris Funk of the Decemberists (since those guys are in town this weekend to play with a local orchestra), reviewed that little indie film about the wizard child, and helped out with tips on how to act if you run into that annoying ex of yours. Finally, they warned the suburbs to Beware of the Blob!
For LAist, it was a week of new beginnings. Soccer Star, David Beckham, made his official move to Los Angeles just in time for LAist’s Neighborhood Project, which will cover the 170+ neighborhoods in the city. They interviewed the Los Angeles Fire Department and found that they may be the most Web 2.0 savvy government office in the world. In other government fun, a bill in the state senate is being pushed through to ensure that a particular person remains in office indefinitely. Speaking of things that remain forever, you have probably seen TV shows and movies that were shot at the rickety-almost-alling-over Lacy Street Studios.
You might have Duck Tours in your city by now, Bostonist has been watching them roll the streets and rivers for years – now there are two, and a court case. A couple weeks ago news came out that former governor, now presidential hopeful Mitt Romney strapped his dog to the roof on family vacations, now blogs have gone to the dogs. A new name for a subway stop has Bostonist coming up with their own suggestions. They said goodbye to a beloved by some, hated by others, personality. Oh, and, as usual in Boston, Sox fans believe.
Torontoist had a busy week yet again. They investigated some monkey business (literally) in its east end; dissed the Blue Jays, much to a mother’s chagrin; invited its users to call a lonely Irish woman; and hooked its readers up with some great coverage of their local Fringe Festival. They realized that karaoke maybe isn’t all that great, dissed their city’s most brutal example of Brutalism and covered the Polaris Prize shortlist announcement. They explored their city’s downtown walkways and wondered about the future of their transit system’s signage. It wasn’t all shiny happy people holding hands, however: this week, they had to bid farewell to a local legend, “Honest Ed” Mirvish.
For Gothamist, the week started off on a sad note, as two police officers were shot during a traffic stop; the suspected shooters were all captured by the end of the week. Readers debated over whether a large flag should still hang in Grand Central Terminal as Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood was examined for its child friendliness while the trend of “New Victorian” living was alarmingly noted. There was excitement over seeing dragon fruit at stores and sharing – not stealing – bikes. Finally, Miss NJ’s “racy” photographs were totally hilarious, but ultimately pretty tame.
Over at Londonist, there’s been a flurry of right-on activity in the past week. Shop workers have been getting naked to protest against over-packaging, and the sisterhood of London has been surprised and outraged by the light touch (in a manner of speaking) reserved for sexual harrassment on public transport. However, it was discovered that avoiding public transport can cost, ooh, close to £10,344 in cab fares… less politically stirred up members of London’s cocktail crowd ignored all the kerfuffle and got on with preparations for a
gin-flavoured, terribly exciting Olympics. Butlers across the city have been pressing tweed suits and tennis flannels all week.
DCist was busy throwing their biggest Unbuckled concert yet, featuring rising local band Le Loup, but they still made time to find out what’s up with the scaffolding around the Statue of Freedom on top of the Capitol Dome, wonder why anyone would want to swim in the Potomac river, and indulge in the latest D.C. Madam scandal revelations.
Also read some more posts from Austinist, Chicaogist, Houstonist, Seattlest, Shanghaiist, and Sampaist.
Video of man singing Madonna’s “Borderline” during a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting from CUIP-SF via SFist, photograph of a (stuffed) monkey and koala hanging around by Val Dodge/Torontoist, photograph of man running through DC’s rain by maxedaperture via DCist