Top Ten posts at NA Confidential for July, 2016.

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Goodbye, Bob.

Thanks for reading NA Confidential, where we annoyingly burrow beneath the headlines to offer unique local perspectives. July was yet another fine month in terms of blog traffic, and the posts highlighted here attest to a keen interest in local stories, perhaps because they’re not being served elsewhere (paging Bill Hanson).

For as long as we’ve been compiling “top ten” lists, these statistics have remained somewhat constant. Formerly the rankings forming these lists were based on what I believed, mistakenly or otherwise, to be unique hits.

Perhaps this is an archaic concept, and speaking personally, I’m about as non-technical as a blogger can be, but the long and short of it is that at some point, something changed. It may have to do with a new definition of comprehensive “stats” as defined by Google.

I really don’t know, and it doesn’t matter very much, because it’s easy to see that the busier a post at the Facebook portal, the higher the numbers here. The proportions are the same, and that’s good enough for me.

The list begins with ten “honorable mention” posts, before concluding with the Top Ten, escalating to No. 1. The top post for July has become the most-read post in the history of NA Confidential.

It may also be the saddest.

So it goes.

TEN HONORABLE MENTION

490

Best essay about walking this year: “People in cars killing and injuring people on foot,” or the end of walking.

502

The quickening pace of exterior transformation at 302 Pearl Street.

513

FINAL REMINDER: In case you missed the Louisville Magazine feature profile of “a small-town dissident.”

519

Debunking Pascal’s Wager, which Christopher Hitchens aptly described as “hucksterism.”

527

From roadway bomb craters to pedestrian death investigations: This morning’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting — with the undermanned newspaper AWOL.

540

Fireworks, postponements, and that time last year when he got it right.

543

ON THE AVENUES: Weeds, porch appliances and our civic Gospel of Appearances.

563

Apocalypse WOW: Pat McLaughlin thinks toll evaders will stop to shop in New Albany. Jeff Gahan doesn’t return calls. Welcome to tolling preparedness, New Albany-style.

568

Council frivolity, slice of the second part: “Gahan Cares More About Concrete Than People.”

593

Oops, ESNA’s done it again … with this intriguing instance of neighborhood placemaking.

TOP TEN

642

Here are the revised Taco Steve hours of operation.

685

WITHIN CITY LIMITS: Episode X, A Look Ahead to 2019.

749

Truth is stranger than fact, and Develop New Albany is hiring.

865

Spin the enforcement wheel: Three signs, but how many citations?

877

ON THE AVENUES: An imaginary exercise tentatively called The Curmudgeon Free House.

1,245

Sativa Gumbo’s 20th Anniversary Reunion Tops New Albany Indie Fest 2016.

1,252

Summit Springs and the torrential stormwater view from the Burger King parking lot.

1,674

Wrong-way deer on wrong-way Spring Street in wrong-way city. At least there’ll be venison tarts for high tea.

2,104

For better or worse, there’ll be a brand new auto-centric White Castle at an already dangerous and muddled intersection.

5,441

R.I.P. Bob Youngblood, 1943 – 2016.

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