Matt Conti reports he will be winding down his work on NorthEndWaterfront.com and he and his staff will stop posting new items altogether in January.
The site and its e-mail newsletter have been the main source of news for the North End - and the burgeoning waterfront area - since 2009, providing not just articles, but videos of community meetings and hearings, feature photos highlighting the unique events and scenes in the neighborhoods and a place for residents to discuss the news.
Simply put, the site has over-stretched our technical and part-time limits as an ad-hoc operation. Year after year, I wondered how long I could sustain this community news experiment. We scrambled to publish multiple articles daily without any full-time staff on a platform never intended to “scale,” nor to be a decade-plus business project. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, I decided we had to continue at least through year-end. From here, the site would need an untenable investment in people and technology. I have follow-on ideas, however, I do not plan to replace NorthEndWaterfront.com at this time.