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Posted on Thu, Feb 11, 2010 : 9:42 a.m.

'Peace out': Alternative local monthly Bohemian newspaper shuts down

By Edward Vielmetti

The Bohemian, a local free alternative monthly paper distributed in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, has ceased print publication after three issues. The paper was published by Clarence Cromwell and the Cromwell Publishing Co., in Ypsilanti. Cromwell is also affiliated with, a citizen journalism project.

When it launched in November 2009, the newspaper identified what it said were top issues that were underreported in the local media: the swelling homeless population in the area, the shortages at local food pantries, inadequate public defense for indigent defendants, widespread official surveillance, unsafe meat and an increasing foreclosure rate.

In its final post, Peace Out, the publisher writes: The print newspaper is discontinued due to lack of interest from advertisers for this type of news publication. The articles for the February edition will be available on this Web site, but will not appear on paper.

My review of the first edition of The Bohemian noted that it only had 1.5 pages of paid advertising copy in its first 16-page issue. In contrast, the Washtenaw County Legal News typically runs 30 or more pages of paid legal notices in a 36-page issue, giving it the space to print four successive weeks of stories about proposed changes to the state's public defender law.

Edward Vielmetti reads the newspaper for Contact him at 734-330-2465.