By. Chris Stritzel
Last night, a rumor was floated on Reddit about NextSTL Founder, Alex Ihnen, that he would be leaving St. Louis thus stepping down from his creation, NextSTL. Today, May 9th, that rumor was confirmed and Alex Ihnen will be leaving St. Louis and move to Cincinnati for his wife’s job. The shake up comes just a month and a half after the new NEXTSTL kickstarter wrapped up bringing in $20,000 to fund a site redesign and to keep the UrbanSTL Forum still operating.
Since this website began, I have used NextSTL, the St. Louis Post Dispatch Building Blocks section and the Business Journal to write my stories. 95% of the stories I read on NextSTL were written by Alex Ihnen. His journalism was and is professional and a model for all contributors, including myself, to follow when writing on NextSTL. According to the news put out on the UrbanSTL forum about Alex’s departure, in his post, he stated:
“NEXTSTL will continue and a new partnership is setting the stage for growth. I haven't been able to take on new ideas (monthly meetup, events, advocacy, etc.) for quite some time given my other commitments. It's been time for some time to have someone else take it on. My commitment is that the site will continue, that this forum will continue and remain as-is. I am fulfilling all Kickstarter obligations (picked up sweet T-shirts yesterday!). Support from that, advertisers, and other contributions have finally helped NEXTSTL achieve some stability and professional set up it has lacked. My goal has long been to have it be something that could be passed on and maintained. I think it's there! Having run the site for nine years, I was nearing the point of stepping back. The timeline isn't what I had planned, but I could be more proud and excited about what's to come!”
I, being a contributor to NextSTL and the owner of Building St. Louis News, wish Alex the best on his future adventures in Cincinnati Ohio. As for what's next for NextSTL, according to Riverfront Times, the site will be handed over to South Side Spaces developer, Jason Deem. Jason will take over the roll Alex is leaving behind, Author and Owner of NextSTL. All that remains is speculation for what's next for NextSTL. I know the $20k raised will go towards the sites eventual redesign and I look forward to continuing to contribute on NextSTL for the seeable future.
Thanks Alex for your Contribution to the Metropolitan St. Louis Region. We wish you the best on your future endeavors!