Urbanite to relaunch for one-off issue on the Baltimore Uprising

The defunct free monthly magazine Urbanite will relaunch for a special issue about the Baltimore Uprising, due out in November, a video and post on the glossy's former website says.

Lionel Foster, a former writer for the magazine, as well as a former City Paper contributor and Sun columnist, will edit the issue.

Both the site and video call for readers to share their stories from the protests and riot that came following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

"Residents have responded to April's unrest in lots of different ways—with anger, generosity, hope, and sometimes all of the above," the site says. "We're asking our former (and future) readers to share their experiences and contribute their best ideas on how to make this city work better. What actions have inspired you? And what do you think Baltimore needs now to move forward?"

The announcement offers these hints about the special issue's contents: "At this critical moment in the city’s history, we're convinced that Baltimore needs clear-eyed perspective on its most intractable issues: racial justice, economic opportunity, and public safety. And it needs inspired solutions for moving past them."

Urbanite ceased publication in 2012. City Paper has many ties to the magazine: Photo Editor J.M. Giordano worked as staff photographer (he was approached about contributing to this one-off issue), Editor-at-Large Baynard Woods and Blogs Editor Brandon Weigel contributed writing, and Managing Editor Anna Walsh was an intern.

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