On Monday afternoon, Austinist closed its virtual doors. Gothamist, the parent company which operates a network of regional news websites, made the announcement on Austinist.com, a statement that serves as the site's final post.
In the post, titled "Good-Bye And Thank You," Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung of Gothamist LLC outline reasons for the "difficult decision," citing limited resources and little growth.
"After eight years, we've made the decision to close Austinist. This was a difficult decision. We love Austin, but as an independent media company, our resources are limited, and as our other city sites have grown, Austinist hasn't been getting the attention it deserves. We hope to contribute to the city again in the future, either through special editions or partnerships with other sites," the post says.
"We want to thank all of the editors, writers and photographers who have contributed to the site since the beginning. We are grateful for the opportunity you have given us over the years. Thank you for reading!"
The Austinist launched in 2008. For most of its existence, the site was led by a team of volunteer editors and contributors. Gothamist currently operates sites in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Shanghai, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.