Good Morning, RVA: Do you own galoshes?

I do not, but today I wish I did.

Photo by: faungg’s photo

Good morning, RVA! It’s 35 °F and rainy from where I sit. While today’s fixing to be warmer than yesterday (highs in the mid-40s), the cold-but-not-freezing rain will put a damper on…everything? Certainly on my scooter ride to work, I’ll tell you that much.

Water cooler

Last night, Council approved $23 million for the Stone Brewing Co. brewery, which I think is the last piece of the delicious and hoppy pie needed before construction can begin. The RTD’s Graham Moomaw has the details. The tenor of the debate between restauranteurs and residents of Fulton has been exceedingly and wonderfully civil. The former sees the public money as an unfair advantage provided by the City, while the latter have seen their neighborhood avoided by most (all?) restauranteurs for decades.

In a deal that surprised no one, The Martin Agency and the City worked out a agreement that allows the advertising firm to expand. Martin had hinted, for a quick second, that they may leave the city should a deal not materialize. Ask, ye large corporation and supplier of jobs, and it shall be given!

Today’s best headline, this from NBC12: “Bread dumped on Richmond road; likely meant for donation“.

Petersburg has a new brewery coming in late 2015. Maybe we should start hanging out in Petersburg? I bet it’s improved a lot since the winter of ’65.

I do not feel the need to apologize for criticizing the RTD’s editorial minimizing campus rape culture that was written by a male fraternity member and UVA graduate. It’s gross to expect people to do so.


  • Caps take on the Lightning in Tampa at 7:30 PM.

This morning’s longread

A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972

The Nakagin Capsule Tower was built to change, evolve, and mutate to meet its resident’s needs and the changing demands of life as time passed. Instead, it sits rotting (literally) with few permanent occupants. But as the building falls apart people are changing, evolving, and mutating the remaining spaces! Just as intended! Only with more mildew.

In 1972 the Nakagin Capsule Tower was portrayed in the media as a sign of ‘the capsule era’. With its avant-garde aesthetic it proposed a mutant quality, offering the opportunity of adaptation over time. Theoretically it increased the ability to configure the building to a world accelerating towards a post-industrial society; the icon was quickly labelled ‘the future of housing’. It was the tallest building in the block. Visible from afar, with its sci-fi appearance, the tower stood near the highway like a machine from the future. Its architect, Kurokawa, was proclaimed a star and it was assumed that many other examples of Metabolist architecture would eventually would eventually be dotting the Tokyo skyline.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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