You had to read the current issue of Downtown Birmingham/Bloomfield magazine to find out that the Kresge Building has finally been sold and will be redeveloped. You wouldn't have found the news here in the Patch, nor in the Birmingham Eccentric, nor in the News or Free Press.
It isn't the scoop of the century, which makes it all the more worrying, since we would hope the Patch and Eccentric would have caught on. And if they didn't catch on to that simple news, what else are they missing?
Downtown's Lisa Brody does us a huge favor in the same issue by reminding about two important, and scary, dynamics: 1) the disconnect between what we as citizens, backed by state law, consider public information, and what our public officials consider to be public, and 2) the declining ability of the media to exercise its traditional role as watchdog.
It will take a long time to replace the media as watchdog, and until that happens, we can expect a lot of news — and a lot of malfeasance — to go unreported.