Good Morning, RVA: Beer unveiled, budget amended, creek restored (maybe), and food delivered

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!

Photo by: Hoo Dat

Good morning, RVA! It’s 50 °F, but hold on to your flip-flops because today’s got highs in the 80s! Everything about this week looks sunny and great until we get to Friday, which has a chance of thunderstorms. Party till then, though!

Water cooler

The Veil Brewing Co. opened in Scott’s Addition this weekend, and Trevor Dickerson was on hand to snap a couple photos for those of us who couldn’t make it. Congratulations to everyone involved, and congratulations to Richmond for having yet another place to drink great beer.

Friday morning, Mayor Jones held a press conference to reiterate his position on how his budget relates to the school system. He also called out Council for not releasing their budget amendments already despite the fact that they have a public meeting to discuss those amendments today at 12:00 PM (which has been on the budget calendar for months and months). Mark Robinson has the details.

John Ramsey at the RTD has a nice overview of the stream restoration situation at Reedy Creek. Restoring a stream–sounds great! But, turns out, it’s more complicated than that. If you want to dig into a good stream-restoration-related PDF, I suggest the U-4 Urban Stream Restoration Fact Sheet (PDF) from the Chesapeake Stormwater Network.

It’s officially Restaurant Week! This means if you’re headed to a favorite neighborhood spot for a spontaneous evening out, you should probably call ahead and see what their reservations situation is. And rememeber, money raised during restaurant week goes to support FeedMore and their mission to end hunger in central Virginia.

Or, if you want to stay in, take advantage of Quickness RVA’s bicycle delivery service. Just today they’ve launched the ability to order online with select restaurants. You can still call to order from a ton of other spots, but interacting with other humans is so bleh.

People! If you haven’t yet filed your taxes today is the last day to do so. Augh stress!


  • Squirrels went 1-2 against Altoona over the weekend. They open a home series against Reading tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats lost to the Phillies last night, ending their seven-game win streak. They head south to take on the Marlins tonight at 7:00 PM.
  • Caps beat the Flyers 4-1 over the weekend. The series continues tonight at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

The Minecraft Generation

Maybe the best part of this article is when the author tells you to find a nearby kid to help set up Minecraft.

Minecraft is thus an almost perfect game for our current educational moment, in which policy makers are eager to increase kids’ interest in the “STEM” disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math. Schools and governments have spent millions on “let’s get kids coding” initiatives, yet it may well be that Minecraft’s impact will be greater. This is particularly striking given that the game was not designed with any educational purpose in mind. “We have never done things with that sort of intent,” says Jens Bergensten, the lead Minecraft developer at Mojang and Persson’s first hire. “We always made the game for ourselves.”

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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