Brad Flora is closing down Windy Citizen for a couple of reasons, “but the main one is that for some time now it has cost more to keep up than it’s been generating revenue-wise,” Flora writes in a note to readers. Also, he notes, “the internet is a lot different today than it was just over 4 years ago. …Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Everyblock, these sites do a great job of keeping people up to date on what’s happening in the communities they care about.”
Windy Citizen was something of a darling when it launched; Steve Johnson wrote a mostly positive review of the site after it changed its name from Chicago Methods Reporter. Tim McGuire of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication raved about Flora:
To my old media, hidebound mind he will make some savvy investor big-time money. I was blown away by his creativity, his practicality and his passion.