Top Ten posts at NA Confidential for July, 2017.

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My cousin Brack as a sophomore at FCHS, 1971.

Thanks for reading NA Confidential, where we enjoy burrowing beneath the boilerplate headlines to offer unique local perspectives. These July numbers testify to a keen interest in New Albany stories, perhaps because they’re being chronically under-served elsewhere.

The list begins with five “honorable mention” posts, before concluding with the Top Ten, escalating to No. 1. Stats are derived from Google’s internal numbers listings.

JULY’S FIVE HONORABLE MENTION

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Chatting on Fb about the street grid in NA: “The push to start reclaiming some of our streets and spaces for users and uses other than cars isn’t a radical change.”

In advocating two-way streets and other components of urban street grid reform, we’ve always referenced research and experience. We’ve pointed to successful reforms in other cities, and not just in Europe. I’ve come to expect a specific rebuttal, which constitutes a form of exceptionalism: “But New Albany is different. Biology and gravity might work the same here, but not street grids.”

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LIVE TO EAT: “What is Mesa? It’s every reason to cross the bridge from Louisville and to visit.”

At Mesa for Peng Looi’s night, I was seated next to the “The Bluegrass Mom” (Angel Hamilton) and her husband. The conversation was much appreciated. Here is her blog post about the evening, and you’ll want to click through to see the photography.

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Democratic Party stalwart Warren Nash: Heck, this board hasn’t ever approved social research study requests. Besides, we already have a captive sociologist.

Has board chairman and Democratic Party bigwig Warren Nash ever looked quite this flagrantly out of touch?
What was that? Oh, yes; you’re right. The street piano debacle two years ago was worse.

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THE BEER BEAT: I guess if NABC isn’t celebrating its 30th birthday, then I will, with a look back at the 25th.

“(Roger’s) never done anything in a positive manner to help the city of New Albany.”

Actually, during the opening phases of Rich O’s Public House during the early- to mid-1990s, with Oasis and Nirvana playing deafeningly in the background, we often pointed to Kentucky license plates in the parking lot as proof of things working out just as we had hoped. Gahan probably didn’t notice, given the pressing and frenetic weight of adulation that customarily accompanies a career in veneer sales.

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All hail New Gahanian crosswalk puddle-a-bility: Brand new asphalt, concrete and ramps, and the same old non-drainage problem.

JULY TOP TEN

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Grid Control, Vol. 16: What about HWC’s cross hatching correction? Will this be finished before or after Team Gahan declares victory?

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Parking terror! “Mexico City just made it easier for real estate developers to avoid building parking.”

“But it turns out sprawling parking lots and looming garages can actually create more traffic and make housing less affordable and city streets more difficult to navigate. By limiting the growth of its parking infrastructure, the largest city in North America thinks it can return some balance to its urban ecosystem. Listen up, United States: Your southerly neighbors might be on to something … “

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Our sad New Albanian reality; driver destroys sidewalk infrastructure in first recorded instance of anti-two-way street grid terrorism.

File under: “Cry for Help.”

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Grid Control, Vol. 17: Judging by the misdirection of this “CROSS TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP” sign, we now reside in the British Empire.

As our alert contributing reader (and driver) notes, “The signs posted for when Spring Street starts being two way have the arrows going the wrong way. Didn’t know if you saw that but wanted to share with you. I personally need signs to give correct info and not lead me into oncoming traffic.”

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Grid Control, Vol. 14: Yes, you can still park on the south side of Spring Street during the stalled two-way grid project.

In short, the dental office owner at this corner decided to paint his own parking spaces on public property, leading us to surmise that if he might do so without penalty, we also were free to begin painting crosswalks wherever we wished — on public property.

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The Sacramento Valley Mirror: “I don’t see many small papers doing what we do.”

“It does get people talking, that’s for sure. Nobody will admit to reading it, but everybody seems to know what he writes.”

I’m interested in hearing from readers who are or have been in the newspaper business. Why does it take a cranky country publisher/curmudgeon to be the exception to what should be the rule?

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Grid Control, Vol. 13: “Dear Deaf Gahan and minions: FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, STOP TRYING TO BE COOL AND DESIGNER-ISH. YOU’RE NOT, AND IT’S EMBARRASSING ALL OF US.”

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Grid Control, Vol. 12: Meet the artistic crosswalk design equivalent of dogs playing poker.

That’s because Jeff Gahan must crush genuine creativity wherever it arises spontaneously. When you’ve declared yourself the font of wisdom, the source of civic knowledge and the leading role — when you read an delight in your own press clippings — this is what happens.

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Top Ten posts at NA Confidential for June, 2017.

Thanks for reading NA Confidential, where we enjoy burrowing beneath the boilerplate headlines to offer unique local perspectives. These June numbers testify to a keen interest in New Albany stories, perhaps because they’re being chronically under-served elsewhere.

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R.I.P. Brack Howard.

Roughly ten days ago, my cousin Sabrina messaged me to relay the news that our cousin Brack Howard had died. He was born in 1955, which places him at 61 or 62 at the time of his passing. I’m unfamiliar with the details.

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