Good Morning, RVA: An unseasonably warm Thursday

Leave the coat at home today, and get by with just a bunch of layers.

Photo by: bobbi vie

Good morning, RVA! It’s 47 °F, and today will be a lot like yesterday–minus all the weird clouds and fog to start things off. The high, which will hit the mid-60s, is more than a dozen degrees above the average for this time of year!

Water cooler

If you wish to take it, you’ve got the oppourtunity to spend your entire day in super informative public meetings. First the Defenders for Freedom, Equality, and Justice will gather at the Lumpkin’s Jail Site at 12:30 PM to talk about why the nascent plan for the site is not comprehensive enough. Next, roll by the DC2RVA open house that starts at 5:00 PM at the DMV to learn how high-speed rail from Richmond to DC is totally a thing that’s going to happen. Then, scoot out to UR at 6:00 PM for your second meeting on Lumpkin’s Jail to help decide the future of that site. Finally, speed back downtown to Hardywood to the Partnership for Smarter Growth’s Donor Happy Hour to chat, over beers, with a bunch of the city’s transit-minded folks. What an interesting day you could have!

Ooo a nugget of BRT news from Ned Oliver: GRTC may use the old off-track betting spot on Broad Street as a park-and-ride location. Currently, the Pulse has zero park-and-ride options, which critics have rightly pointed out as kind of a big deal for a system that’s supposed to bring folks in and out of the city. A while back Anthem planned on offering up some of their parking (adjacent to the Cookout on Broad) as a possible location, but that deal fell through. The proposed off-track betting lot is separated from Cookout by only a Burger King, for what it’s worth.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has named their person of the year…and it is not a person. This makes for the second non-person person of the year award I’ve seen from local media.

Leah Small, writing for Style Weekly, has alerted me to the existence of the Gun Violence Archive, a group that’s trying to capture all the gun violence that happens in the US. Their metheodolgy is interesting and includes some automated searching but also a lot of by-hand verification–which sounds like a ton of work.

Lol: Soul patches, explained.

What’s this?! The first episode of the second season of Serial has dropped!


  • Hokies (roundball) picked up their first road win of the Buzz Williams era, handling Radford 74-65.

This morning’s longread

Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment

Even if you’re not a target of online harassment, this guide is eye-opening and speaks to the measures some people need to take to just go about their business on the internet. Plus it offers some good tips for anyone looking to level up their online privacy.

This guide is for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for yourself emotionally during an online attack.

This morning’s Instagram

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