The 6 year run of the Ann Arbor Chronicle is coming to a close. The end date will be Septmeber 2, 2014, which happens to be an Ann Arbor City Council night as well.
The Chronicle was noted for its relentless and exhausting coverage of civic meetings. You could get the feeling that you too had sat on the hard benches for hours as you read through a 15,000 word account of what transpired. Hey, you could even read 6,000 words from time to time about meetings that never got a quorum.
I'll miss the Chronicle, which was one beacon of honest (if quirky) journalism in a town that hasn't always had a newspaper that I've looked forward to reading. It will become just a little harder to keep up with municipal government, and more people in government will get a free pass because they don't have a critical eye focused on what they do. I completely understand that six years of two people's lives is a lot to give for the cause of local journalism, and I wish Dave and Mary the best.
Note: The annual Bezonki award festivities will still take place – on Friday, Aug. 15 – and you’re invited. The open house will run from 6-8 p.m. at Zingerman’s Events on Fourth in Kerrytown. There will be teeter-tottering and general merriment. Publisher Mary Morgan will follow up with a final word on Sept. 2, after the city council meeting ends. That will be our final report filed from the hard benches of city hall.