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The Weekly Altweekly for 4-10-2014

Thursdays at North Carolina Placebook now mean that I’m combing through the best of the alt-weeklies, the papers that show up once a week, usually Wednesday, at your favorite bar. As we celebrate #throwbackthursday on The Black Urbanist with an essay called “Urban Design Must Have Heart and Soul,” today on North Carolina Placebook, we will share the best content from the states numerous alt-weeklies, along with the major highlights from the state’s newspapers and TV stations, like we always do. So, let’s get started:

Triad City Beat is the newest of the alt weeklies on the scene. Founded by several guys who have become friends as we navigate the Greensboro press landscape, they are hoping to build a true, fair and balanced, news source for the Piedmont Triad area. This week’s place-related highlights:

Yes! Weekly was right here when I arrived back in Greensboro from college. You can always count on these three pages to deliver the right amount of local news:

The Rhino Times was dead and now it’s alive again. Greensboro’s premier conservative alt-weekly always has something to say about what Greensboro should be doing for it’s citizenry. Its entire front page is worth a browse.

I first met Indy Week (Then The Independent Weekly) as a bright-eyed NC State freshman. Now I know it as the gold standard of a good alt weekly:

Creative Loafing is the name that might ring a bell if you pick up one of these papers in Charlotte or Atlanta. Here are highlights from Charlotte’s edition:

Of course Asheville and Western North Carolina has an alt weekly. The Mountain Xpress makes me think of the name I want for the long overdue reinstatement of passenger rail through the North Carolina mountains. It’s also celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.Highlights here:

Wilmington is bringing up the rear here with Encore, their weekly paper. Highlights:

And if you want to check in with the dailies, as we always do here at North Carolina Placebook, here are your direct links for Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High-Point, Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Wilmington, Raleigh, Durham and Cary.

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  • Jordan Green April 10, 2014, 2:20 pm

    Thanks for the survey of North Carolina alt-weeklies, Kristen! That’s yeoman work there. I concur with your general assessments, including that INDY week is the gold standard for alts in this state. But give us a couple years!

    • kjeffers2 April 10, 2014, 2:24 pm

      Thanks Jordan! I think y’all are well on your way. Also, for the conservative watchdogs, the Rhino is still doing phenomenal work. I can see in a few years you guys and Rhino and Indy being the top three for news/watchdog/opinions and editorials and everyone else doing great work with entertainment and food. I also hope that this will give you guys a bit more traffic as I build my own audience.

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