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Thanks for a Great 2009, Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 31, 2009, at 05:28PM
Kobe Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Kobe Bryant carries the NBA Championship trophy during a June parade. The championship and its aftermath was one of Downtown's biggest 2009 stories.

As we near the last hours of 2009, we here at blogdowntown wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who made this site a part of your daily routine over the past year. The last 365 days were by every measure the best of our short five-year history.

While we wait for the clock to ring in 2010, take a look back at some of Downtown's hottest topics over the past 12 months.

In 2009, we ran 961 stories, and totaled up they contained a touch over 317,500 words. That's up from 825 stories and 250,000 words in 2008.

As I look back, though, what I think I remember most are the words that you all wrote on two stories, both of which talked about someone who had died.

In April, longtime DLANC volunteer Lesley Taplin was killed in an accident on the 101 freeway. Over the course of 40 comments, readers and family shared their memories of a woman who had touched so many lives Downtown and elsewhere.

In November, that same sense of community was clear in the comments left on the story of a young woman who committed suicide on Spring Street. Though most didn't know the woman who had died, the experience was shared among those who lived and worked in a deceptively dense block of the Historic Core.

I'm fond of saying that Downtown is just a small town with big buildings. Even as the neighborhood grows, events like these two show that to still be true.

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