They are in alphabetical order now - reading across first, then down.
If I ever go to the topics page, I always used to change to the A-Z view, but it's hopeless now because all (or nearly all) the local listings have taken over - so you now have:
Aberdeen (0) Aberdeen - Campaigns (0) Aberdeen - Can You Help? (0) (£18 fee) Aberdeen - Childcare Wanted (0) Aberdeen - Mumsnet Local Discounts (0) (£20 fee) Aberdeen - Nanny Share (0) Aberdeen - Skills Swap (0) Aberdeen - Support Groups (0) Aberdeen - The Friendship Bench (0) Aberdeen - Volunteering (0)
for every single local area. Except Wokingham, of course, because they still haven't given us a Wokingham Local area, despite the fact that it's been an independent local authority since 1974...
In fact the whole Local listings area is a bit of a mess, especially as some of the areas still have Local in the name and come in a bunch at the top, and all rest don't have Local in the name but still come where L should be in the list, which means you die of old age before you've managed to scroll down and find Mumsnet Q&A, or Mumsnet campaigns.
Why not just have Local and you can click to go to a separate page, or if you must, have each individual area clickable, but the way it is now makes my inner librarian scream, and I haven't been a librarian for 25 years.