Good Morning, RVA: Less than yesterday

It is still spring, despite what your air conditioner may think.

Photo by: Gamma Man

Good morning, RVA! It’s 69 °F, and today every thing should be a little bit less. Less humidity, less heat, less blazing sun, and less random afternoon downpours. Highs in the mid-80s and plenty of humidity to go around will remind you that we do still live in a swamp, just less so than yesterday.

Water cooler

The planned renovations of cement heatstroke trap Kanawha Plaza will move forward, reports Graham Moomaw. The hurry to get something, anything accomplished before The Big Bike Race™ left one member of the Planning Comission disappointed and frustrated in the process.

Speaking of The Big Bike Race™, have you taken a couple of hours to read through the City’s newly released Bicycle Master Plan? It’s huge, like, over 150 MB huge, but so, so interesting. They’ve even got a giant table of projects sorted by priority so you can see if anything in your neighborhood is due for some new bicycle “facilities”–that’s planning parlance for bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, greenways, all kinds of stuff. The plan will head to Council for approval.

Zachary Reid drills down into Richmond Public Schools’ open enrollment numbers–that’s when you apply to send your kids to an out-of-zone school. The most interesting number to me: Binford Middle opened up more spots (250) than all schools but Thomas Jefferson High School and filled each one.

Blue Bell Ice Cream will close their Richmond distribution center, and so close my eyes as I gently weep.

How good are these retro Mars posters that SpaceX posted on their Flickr account?! They remind me of these the JPL put out a while back.


  • Nats hit the road and take on the Yankees at 7:05 PM after a day off.
  • Boooo, Squirrels lost to terrible Erie, 6-10. They’ll try again at 6:35 PM.

What to expect

What’s the deal with the following things:

  • Dams
  • Shows starting late in Richmond
  • Homework
  • Memorial Day parties

This morning’s longread

Your Illustrated Introduction to Eurovision

The Superbowl is the most watched television event in the United States. In 2015, 168 million Americans tuned in to watch their favorite teams do battle. Viewership peaked during Katy Perry’s halftime show. Nine months earlier, 180 million people in Europe and Australia watched the Eurovision Song Contest, to see their teams do battle.

I had no idea! May 23rd, mark your calendars!

This morning’s Instagram

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