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The Best Rust Belt Sites

The Best Rust Belt Sites

Ten years ago in Chicago, an ambitious online publication called Gapers Block—after city slang for the post-accident rubbernecking that causes traffic jams—was born. It had a clean, arresting design and a slew of lively content: some of it original and some curated from around the web. It was a refreshing “hey, let’s start a magazine” upstart in a city beset by newspaper buyouts and billionaire publishing moguls. It’s still around today, still a shoestring operation, and as relevant as ever.

Belt editors and Twitter followers got to thinking about other new and nontraditional publications that help define the Rust Belt and came up with this handy list. It includes culture blogs, investigative and long-form journalism sites and a few venerable alternative newspapers.

Did we miss anything (hello, Milwaukee)? Add it to our comments section, and we’ll consider adding it to our definitive list.

Regional Publications

Belt (Cleveland-based)

Rust Belt Almanac (Pittsburgh-based)

Rustwire

Issue Media Group pubs: Freshwater, Model D, High Velocity, Pop City Media, etc.

Garden Rant (Buffalo and beyond)

 

Detroit:

Deadline Detroit

Jaunt Detroit

Detroit Metro Times

 

Chicago

Gapers Block

The Chicagoist

Chicago Reporter

Chicago Reader

Bad at Sports

 

St. Louis

Riverfront Times

Nextstl

 

Cleveland

Cellar Door Cleveland

Cool Cleveland

Cleveland Scene

 

Rochester, N.Y.

Rochester Subway Flint, Mich.

 

Flint, Mich.

Flint Expatriates

 

Cincinnati

Urban Cincy

9 Comment responses

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    January 09, 2014

    The “Rochester Subway” link is taking me to “Cool Cleveland” (as is the Cool Cleveland link).

    What about “Buffalo Rising” for Buffalo? http://buffalorising.com/

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      January 09, 2014

      Thanks for catching that–we fixed. And we’ll check out Buffalo Rising.

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    January 10, 2014

    The Chicagoan — not clear how active they are right now.

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    January 12, 2014

    Youngstown (shameless plug alert):

    Defend Youngstown
    http://www.DefendYoungstown.com

    News Outlet (Youngstown State):
    http://www.thenewsoutlet.org

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    January 13, 2014

    Silicon Rust Belt – http://siliconrustbelt.com/ – does not fit nicely into your model but I think you should check it out to see where/how it fits in. Disclaimer: I am involved in it.

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    January 16, 2014

    Midwestern Sustainable Cities Symposium should be on your radar too.

    http://www.mscsymposium.com

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    January 06, 2015

    Thanks for the kind words about Gapers Block! We launched in April of 2003, so we’re actually verging on 12 years and still going strong. Can’t believe it’s been that long.

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    January 06, 2015

    DNAinfo Chicago! We cover the shit out of Chicago’s ‘hoods and launched in 2012.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/

    🙂

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    May 27, 2015

    Indianapolis

    http://www.urbanindy.com

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