Real estate and development blog Curbed Philly is shutting down

The local site had been around since 2012.


Curbed Philly, the online publication dedicated to all things real estate and planning in Philadelphia, is shutting down after 8 years.

Vox Media, the NYC-based company that acquired Curbed in 2013, is also closing several other Curbed outposts, including Washington D.C., Seattle and New Orleans, a spokesperson told The Wrap.

Local editor Anna Merriman confirmed the site’s demise on Twitter late Monday afternoon.

“Sadly the Curbed Philly site is no more,” she said, following the announcement with a thread about how much she enjoyed working on the project.

Per the spokesperson’s comment to The Wrap, Curbed sites in Austin and Boston will be expanding into full time publications, instead of their current model of a part-time editor and freelance contributors.

Study Hall reported that Vox originally planned to expand all its Curbed sites into full-time operations, but that vision fell through.

Curbed began as a New York City building and development blog. It burst onto the Philly media landscape in January 2012 and was helmed at the time by local journalist Liz Spikol. The gamut of Curbed sites was acquired by Vox Media for between $20-$30 million just over a year after the Philadelphia launch.

At the time Vox was a media startup that owned just three major sites: sports blog SBNation, a gamers publication called and consumer technology site Today, the media conglomerate still owns those sites along with New York Magazine, The Cut, city-specific food blog Eater and several other publications. Vox acquired New York Magazine in September.

Remaining Curbed sites are based in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco.