Billionaire Owner Pulls the Plug on Gothamist — Which Includes LAist — and DNAinfo After Employees Vote to Unionize

A week after they voted to unionize, journalists at DNAinfo and Gothamist — which includes the Los Angeles-based website LAist — learned that their websites have shut down.

On Thursday evening, visitors to the sites — two leading suppliers of local news in New York City — were met with a message from billionaire owner Joe Ricketts.

“Today, I’ve made the difficult decision to discontinue publishing DNAinfo and Gothamist. Reaching this decision wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t one I...

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