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LAist in 2007: What Was Popular With You?

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Photo by Ryan Jesena in his Photo Essay of Burning Man 2007

2007 was a year of incredible growth for LAist. Us, the writers, you, the readers, found and discovered much of Los Angeles and we look forward to even more in 2008 with more hyperlocal coverage, more neighborhood explorations, more local news, more arts and events and more food (got suggestions? e-mail zach(@)laist.com).

The most recommended story of the year was Malingering's CrossFit experience of kicking the gym aside and becoming one kickass and strong female in I worship at the house of Petranek Fitness. It was so convincing, it even got this Editor off his butt to his local CrossFit gym in the Valley. Maybe all the recommends came from all the UCLA students getting shape for the thrice a year event -- The UCLA Undie Run.

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Speaking of physical activity, bicycling became a contentious subject when a bicyclist in Beverly Hills got attacked by an SUV driver, only to have the Beverly Hills Police ticket the bicyclist. Readers commented back and even one reader unfortunately took it too far, threatening the police officer's life via an e-mail which resulted in the police department sending LAist a subpoena. In the midst of all this, the author of the article was hit by a bus in Hollywood in which the bus driver tried to leave the scene. When the LAPD arrived, the bicyclist was put in cuffs. At least walking your neighborhood is a less controversial (or maybe The Los Angeles Public Transit Lifestyle™).

Now that you've got a work out, let's talk food, specifically wedding cakes. One author on her preperations to get wed did the proper thing by going to Sweet Lady Jane for her cake. Wrong. The nightmare occurred and commenters concurred. At least 7-11's Kwik-E-Mart was a blast.

Another anonymous writer, Single Jew Girl, grabbed our hearts as we followed her online dating adventures. Sadly, for us, she found a guy that she stayed with despite his, ahem, impressive size. Though, it is excellent news for her to find love.

Author of New York Times bestseller, Skinny Bitch, and Los Angeles local, Rory Freedman, stopped by to rant a little while Malingering fought back when Flickr censored her photos.

In entertainment, Red Hot Chile Peppers bassist Flea's Silverlake Music Conservatory was profiled, down syndrome actor Edward Barbanell was interviewed, Britney Spears shaved her head and Clay Aiken fans didn't like that we thought he was a joke when singing the National Anthem.

Whether local or federal, police activity drew controversy this year. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers picked pro-immigration rights activist and immigrant herself, Elvira Arellano, up in Downtown LA, taking her away from her son. In MacArthur Park on May Day, the LAPD got a little violent on the people.

Sports wasn't without its controversy either. Come on, who wears hooker shoes on the Dodger's new field turf? And who is better? The LeBron v. Kobe Debate got people talking as well as Garret Anderson not caring about black people.

In 2008, keep on pressing that recommend button and continue that conversation by commenting! Onward and upward -- Happy New Year!