Torontoist will be there to see the new year after all.
After announcing that the site would close at the end of this month, we received a totally unprecedented amount of encouragement from our readers and attention from lots and lots of media outlets here and elsewhere (and had an imitator or two to boot). The consensus—an encouraging one—has been that Torontoist can’t and shouldn’t end like this.
I decided to leave Torontoist only when I felt that the site could go no further in the direction I’d attempted to steer it, and that any potential progress would be necessarily stunted by financial circumstances that could only get progressively worse. As I put it a week and a half ago, “as it exists now, Torontoist can barely be sustained, let alone developed”—by any editor. Gothamist agreed, and planned to shut the site down in the new year as a result.
But a lot has changed for the better in the past week and a half, and a lot now seems possible for the site’s future that wasn’t before. And while Torontoist does not yet have the financial support it needs, we do have the support of our readers and our city, and that is what we’ve always needed most. So I’m happy to announce that up to, through, and past January 1, Torontoist will continue as Torontoist, with its existing name, existing contributors, and new content. (And, for now, it will continue to be supported technically and sustained financially by Gothamist.) It won’t just be business as usual: it is the entire staff’s shared mission to give the site one big concerted push, one that will see us in far better shape in six month’s time and that should ensure not just our survival but our growth and success. We’re going to do what we can to make Torontoist better than ever. It might, of course, not work. But we’re not done—not yet.
Thanks for reading, and stay with us.
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