TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, who owned the sites DNAinfo and Gothamist, announced on Thursday that both publications were being shut down immediately — just a week after reporters and editors voted to join a union.

“DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business, and businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure,” Ricketts wrote.

HuffPost reporter Alexander Kaufman, himself a member of Writers Guild of America East, had his own proposal to keep DNAinfo and Gothamist, or at least a reasonable replacement, up and running.

Give us a second to think about it.