Good Morning, RVA: No more cowbell

A round of sad face emojis, on the house.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 70 °F, and today’s highs may break 80 °F. Throughout this week there’s a good chance for rain and clouds, because even the weather is sad that the Big Bike Race™ is gone.

Water cooler

Now that the Big Bike Race™ and its spandex clad heroes have left town, the natural news instinct is to immediately press on with analysis and think pieces and polls and studies. But all I want to do is sit on a porch with the entire city, drink a beer, and softly say, “We did it, you guys. We did it.” And we did such a good job at doing it! I’m bursting with pride for everyone and everything! Early estimates by the folks at Richmond 2015 put the number of onsite spectators (over the course of 10 days) at 645,000. So not only did we do it but we did it way harder than anyone expected. Great work everyone!

City Council meets tonight and has quite the agenda: 40 items on the consent agenda and 2 on the regular agenda (PDF). Highlights include funding a new bike-walk street on 29th Street in Church Hill, establishing a Richmond Archaeological Commission, cancelling Hardywood’s massive and erroneously charged meals tax bill, a new resolution that prohibits putting your junk couches on the sidewalk, and renaming City Hall after Doug Wilder. There’s a ton of other stuff on there so you should definitely scroll through the agenda. Encouraging to me is the number of bike- and pedestrian-related ordinances. The Big Bike Race™ did a lot to push alternate means of transportation forward in Richmond, so it’s great seeing the City capitalize on that momentum. Richmond City School Board also meets tonight, and you can view that agenda here.

Tonight VUU will host a community conversation about the future of the Lumpkin’s Jail site from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. What we decide for this site is, I think, our next big oppourtunity to do something great in Richmond.

Here’s the explainer about Speaker of the House John Boehner’s resignation that you need to read, by Vox of course.


  • With the 1-2 loss to Charleston, the Kickers season is now over. Hmph.
  • For the second year in a row, the Hokies lost to ECU. Hmph.
  • Wahoos were obliterated by Boise State, 14-56. Hmph.
  • Nats lost two of three over the weekend to the Phills, including a 5-12 loss yesterday that prompted this fight in the dugout. Hmph.
  • D.C. United fell to the Montreal Impact, 0-2. Hmph.

This morning’s longread

How Tesla Will Change The World

This may be the longest longread I’ve ever linked to, but it’s totally worth it!

To understand if and why Tesla Motors matters, you have to understand both the story of cars and the story of energy–two worlds I somehow am simultaneously confused by and tremendously sick of. Just hearing someone say “climate change” or “energy crisis” or “tailpipe emissions” makes me kind of gag at this point–just too much politics, too many annoying people, too much misinformation on all sides, and it’s just hard to know how much I actually care and if there can be a solution to all of it anyway.

This morning’s Instagram

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Ross Catrow

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