Good Morning, RVA: 2016 in…4, 3, 2, 1!

What will the final week of 2015 bring?

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Good morning, RVA! Whoa, whoa, whoa, it’s 56 °F–if you squint that’s almost a winterish temperature! In fact, we’ve got steadily dropping temperatures…until tomorrow’s high of 73 °F? Sure. Small chance of rain and immensely cloudy today. Keep your new Christmas umbrella handy, just in case.

Water cooler

BRT back in the news! First, the good news: The city/state/GRTC has hired the same folks that redesigned Houston’s bus system to work out a new route design for the GRTC. This sounds boring but is incredibly exciting–it’s like if we hired Jane Goodall to revamp our animal control system. Here’s the gist of what they did in Houston. The bad news: Despite a decade of planning , many opportunities to weigh in, previously approving funding for construction, double unanimous approval twice over by the Planning Commission and Urban Design Committee, several members of council are getting BRT cold feet in the final hour. City Council will vote on the project agreement (PDF) between Richmond, Henrico, GRTC, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and VDOT at January 25th’s council meeting. It’s likely the truly final hurdle for the Pulse, and I’m not sure what happens if Council rejects or delays the project agreement.

Richmond police reported 2015’s 39th homicide on Christmas Eve. That’s December’s fifth and the fourth in the last ten days.

After those sobering numbers, it’s good to read this piece in Style Weekly from early in December about the holidays as a time to process grief, pain, and suffering. It sounds like a downer but is definitely uplifting.

While you’re there, check out some of Style Weekly photographer Scott Elmquist’s favorite photos of 2015. I’d forgotten some of these moments! 2015: The year a ton of stuff happened.


  • Rams locked down Liberty 85-57. The Flames only had 16 points at the half.
  • Hokies finished Frank Beamer’s career with a sack and a victory, topping Tulsa in the Independence Bowl 55-52.
  • Washington beat the Eagles 38-24, took the NFC East title, and have a record above .500.

This morning’s longread

The Sears Wish Book, 1977

I know, I know, Christmas is over, but this is still awesome.

Sears carried every kind of product, for most every kind of consumer, and their catalog was an exhaustive list of all of it. The Christmas version was called the Wish Book. As kids, making our Christmas list meant going through this book and circling what we wanted: my wishes in blue pen, my brother’s in red. There was basically nothing we desired that wasn’t in here.

This morning’s Instagram

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