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.
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We missed last week’s Ist-A-Verse, so here’s this and last week’s.
Week of July 23
While SFist cringed at the fatal dose of crime littering the Bay Area, it found solace in Hillary Clinton’s San Francisco campaign headquarters opening, which featured loads of exposed mammary glands. In other news, SF Taxi Commission ruled that Satan’s cab must keep its (in)famous medallion number, 666; and in an un-fashion-forward frenzy, San Francisco Fashion Week (chortle) bars bloggers from covering and getting smashed at their shows and parties, respectively. Also, they found a picture displaying the woes of cruising in a tacky limo on the streets of San Francisco.
Over at Chicagoist, readers weighed in with their favorite memories of a local concert venue celebrating its silver anniversary and railed about the passage f a statewide smoking ban for Illinois. The former Marshall Field’s department store received bad publicity in the form of fruit flies in the food court and someone falling from the upper floors. And local residents worried about the possibility of increased pollution in Lake Michigan from an Indiana oil refinery.
This week, LAist invited five Guest Day Editors from the blogLAsphere to join them: Green LA Girl, Fred Camino of MetroRiderLA, Zuma Dogg, the LA City Nerd and previous LAist editor, Carolyn Kellogg. On Wednesday, the DEA raided 10 local medical marijuana clinics while TARGET’s newest three-story store soft-launched to almost no one. Then there was Lindsay Lohan. Oh Lindsay.
Austinist welcomed the name change of a local lake to honor Lady Bird Johnson, and was surprised to find that Austin is a model for Iraqi reconstruction efforts. Nonstop rains of the past two months have led to a cricket infestation, plus A university professor claimed that obese girls are less likely to attend college, and another report showed that Austin’s suburbs are among the fastest growing in the nation. Meanwhile, locals are up in arms over a secret Spoon show.
Sampaist was shocked when they went inside the building slammed by an airplane for the first time. On July 17 an Airbus 320 with 187 people aboard landing at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas airport, Brazil’s busiest, skidded off the runway, across a road and slammed into an airport building. See the pictures here.
This week, Londonist found out that London loves Facebook – that’s a fact. We also learned that men can be burlesque as well as burly in the Male Tournament of Tease. With all the social networking and bare-bottomed men everyone is enjoying, Londonist held the first ever Londonist pub quiz – deemed such a success by one and all, the next one is already being compiled (with even harder questions and even better prizes…). Everyone went home smelling of roses, perhaps due to the smoking ban but sadly, it doesn’t suit everyone. A sad and shocking shooting took place leaving a former heavyweight boxer critically ill after he confronted three men who were smoking in a club.
Phillyist isn’t trying to tell you how to live your life or anything, but, well, they don’t approve of your breakup methods and they don’t think you should rule out the Counting Crows just because they’re so 1993. They’d like to encourage you check out The Swell Season, Irish rocker Glen Hansard’s side project or hot women covering classic rock, and maybe pick up a Spanish/English dictionary on your way. And, look! Pretty!
Bostonist was charmed by the prankster who re-programmed a road sign to announce to the driving public that penis was being served for lunch. All the news outlets were coy when forced to discuss the male member. Needless to say, Bostonist had no such qualms. The residents of the Boston area aren’t coy about anything, from getting free rides to auditioning for controversial reality shows to protecting a nearby 7-Eleven. Bostonist also went big with the sports this week. They found a link between German legend and baseball and helped dispel the bizarre rumor that Pats player Tedy Bruschi was dead.
Houstonist laughed out loud this week. 30 Rock funny man Judah Friedlander popped in for an interview and then Houston native Beyoncé took a tumble during her recent performance. The mood was subdued when it was learned that fat girls are less likely to go to college. But, stories about aging hipsters failing to pick-up in trendy bars got us to smile again. Perhaps treating the hotties to a few cool lychee martinis would have helped.
DCist spent most of their week checking out all the offerings of the Capital Fringe Festival, but in between they contemplated adding trolley service to the city, thought about killing some pesky Canada Geese, and caught up with local band These United States out on the road.
Gothamist thinks it’s in a golden age of NY State and NYC politics, if golden age means totally insane goings-on. A controversial City Councilman and his former staffer accused the Council speaker of racism and white supremacy while Governor Spitzer’s staffers were accused of using the police to discredit a rival. Gothamist wondered if the 1 train really is the best subway of all and readied itself for likely subway and bus fare hikes. Redheads took the streets to demand their rights and during an mmminterview withTaylor Hanson, he told Gothamist that one fan got a larger-than-life-sized tattoo of his face on her back.
And check out other top stories from Seattlest, Shanghaiist, and Torontoist.
From top: photograph of limousine in San Francisco by Tien Chiu; photograph medical marijuana raid by Shay Sowden for LAist; photograph of building wreckage in Sao Paolo from Sampaist; photograph of hacked Boston sign by Rob Larsen; and photograph of Harry Potter spoilerer by zenfrisbee via DCist
Week of July 30
After the Minneapolis bridge collapse, Bostonist did a little research and found that Massachusetts bridges could use a little help. But Bostonist brightened up considerably when they discovered they could drink themselves silly on the Amtrak booze ride and at the Sam Adams brewery. And, if they’re not boarding the party train, they can think about their much-improved sports teams. Thanks to the arrival of basketball stars Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Bostonist is finally feeling some Celtic pride. (They had to exercise that pride when a certain blog attempted to talk trash about their fair city.) Oh, and the Red Sox got pitcher Eric Gagne, too!
With hot weather forecast in the Midwest, Chicagoist offered its readers a survival guide to Lollapalooza. That isn’t the only major event happening in the City of Broad Shoulders. The YearlyKos convention rolled into town, as well. Meanwhile, changes are afoot at the city’s largest weekly newspaper after a change in ownership, more women are talking on their cell phones as a means of discouraging assaults, readers disagreed with a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee’s decision not to serve pork breakfast sandwiches, and a retired machinist thought he won a million dollars until a Miller Lite girl took his winning ticket away.
DCist was a little testy this week: to start with, they called for a ban on Crocs after discovering that the ugly shoes are destroying the city’s escalators, they gave another popular blog a hard time for ripping on their fair city for no reason, and they begrudgingly gave San Diego their best wishes after that city beat D.C. in the race to create more adorable panda cubs. Finally DCist Senior Editor Martin Austermuhle traveled to Chicago for the YearlyKos convention to speak on a panel about the struggle for District Voting Rights.
This week, Houstonist checked in on a series of fallen icons: an animatronic gorilla from their youth singing bad hip-hop, the virtuous halls of government invaded by a mysterious pink dildo, and a flamboyantly white-haired, blue-spectacled local news icon gone to the big TV studio in the sky. It all gives you something to think about while making late-night grocery runs in your PJs – which is totally acceptable, considering that Houston once annexed the city of New Orleans. And we all know what that means: drinks all around!
Gothamist was amazed when it turned out that Mayor Bloomberg, who always talked up his subway riding habits, gets driven in an SUV to a subway station twenty-two blocks away—when there’s a station just four blocks away—and totally confused when a weird submarine-like vessel was found in the Buttermilk Channel . The Big Apple blog also chatted with the former senior editor of Playgirl and ran into JJ Abrams’ mysterious movie taking over the Lower East Side. Finally, Gothamist decided that a blog tracking the movements of a shirtless He-Man could only be a good thing.
SFist‘s fatality-free news: Mayor Newsom’s innocuous non-joke bruised the delicate feelings of several Castro bar patrons; SFist Jeremy went slapstick and spilled hot coffee on himself while riding a MUNI line, sparking a public-transit etiquette debate; the sibling rivalry between LA and SF got gastronomic; and evangelical preachers in Dolores Park need to shut the hell up, volume-wise. Now the bad news: Former 49er’s football coach Bill Walsh succumbed to leukemia; and police/SWAT teams raided Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery in connection with the execution of Oakland Post‘s editor, Chauncey Bailey. RIP, gentlemen.
LAist got stoked that the LA Times snagged two of their writers to write for them. Those new jobs can mean new commutes, but in LA, where they say traffic is terrible, one photographer has found empty freeways at rush hour through his camera lens. And who cares if Dodger baseball traffic sucks, Sporting News gave Los Angeles the title of “Best Baseball City” (Go Dodgers!). It should also win Best City to be Surrounded by Other Best Cities – ’cause, come on, visiting Comic-Con is a hop and skip down the coast to San Diego. However, there’s one downside from the past week: the apartment complex where Charles Bukowski wrote “Post Office” is for sale and it could be leveled.
Finally, Phillyist had the dubious honor of interviewing some of the young stars (starz?) of Bratz: The Movie – girls of an age at which it’s important to know how not to dress in public. Phillyist writers pondered celebrity self-awareness and how you can misspell a word when it’s printed on your t-shirt. But at the end of the week, they got a little serious and took a close look at the city’s shocking murder rate.
Curious about what’s going on across the rest of the Ist-A-Verse? Check out this week’s favorites on Austinist, Londonist, Sampaist, Seattlest, Shanghaiist, and Torontoist.
Compiled and edited by Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey.
Images: Flickr user sklose on Gothamist, tien mao on Gothamist, and Flickr user ananzi on Phillyist.