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CityWatch Gets a Facelift

EDITOR’S NOTE-CityWatch has gotten a face-lift … and a massage, a new outfit and some new bangles. ( 

Like the rest of us, website templates get old. And, with the aging, comes limitations and fragility. We have been away for a few hours getting a fix. Updating the template. Adding some new features. Modifying the look of the site.

We hope you find the new site more interesting, more informative, more interactive, more fun … and easier to navigate.

This is the first phase of a number of changes that will take place over the next 90-120 days and will include increased video coverage, CityWatch writer video blogs and forums, an enhanced “Neighborhoods” section, CityWatch in Spanish, an issues tracking service, enhanced interactivity with readers, daily posting … and more.

Of course, what we have not … and will not …  changed is the kind of perspectives and editorial content you have come to expect. Your favorite CityWatch writers and contributors remain in place to inform, provoke and entertain. That format has grown our subscriber base from 256, eight years ago, to 76,000 today. And accounted for a 328% web usage growth in 2010. So, what’s to change?

Nor will the purpose for which CityWatch was founded be altered: politics, perspectives, empowerment and the promotion of grassroots engagement. That’s a promise.

We invite you to check out the new CityWatch makeover. Let us know what works and what doesn’t. What’s missing and what’s unneeded. And, while change is in the air, pass along your ideas and suggestions for making CityWatch better, more useful and more compelling for your and our other readers. Send it all to me, at: editor@

In advance, we appreciate your patience while the inevitable final bugs are debugged … and your support and loyalty over these eight years. But, stay with us. The best of CityWatch is yet to come.

(Ken Draper is the editor of CityWatch. He can be reached at ken@ -cw 

Vol 9 Issue 39
Pub: May 17, 2011