Good Morning, RVA: Spring chills

It’s a bit colder today, but we’ve still vanquished the winter.

Photo by: dutch blue

Good morning, RVA! It’s 33 °F, and today’s temperatures are dramatically lower than yesterday’s coatless sunshine sauna. Highs in the mid-50s will require outerwear and maybe even layers. Warmer temperatures will return eventually, but we may have to bundle through some chilly weather over the next couple of days.

Water cooler

This picture (by the RTD’s Bob Brown) of Governor McAuliffe celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Rosie Connolly’s is perfect.

Graham Moomaw brings us big bus news: the GRTC will roll out new fareboxes to their busses. Previously, to ride the bus you needed to purchase a fare card with cash or from specific vendors throughout the city, which, depending on your location weren’t necessarily super convenient. The new boxes will allow for credit card payments on the bus and payments through your phone.

Even more from the RTD this morning! Zachary Reid fills us in on Superintendent Bedden’s plan to “right-size” (a totally gross term) the elementary schools on the city’s South Side. On this issue, it seems like the mayor and the superintendent might be on the same page–gasp!

Writing for Style Weekly, Ed Slipek has this wonderful look at the nine most endangered places in Richmond. I didn’t even know Emily Winfree’s cottage was a thing! I’m a bad Richmonder!

The Secret Service is a boatful of LOLs lately.


  • Spiders host the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers in the first round of the NIT tonight at 7:30 PM on ESPN3. Remember, the NCAA will experiment with a 30-second shot clock for these NIT games, which they hope will speed things up.

This morning’s longread

Momofuku Ando and the Invention of Instant Ramen

On August 15, 1945, the day after Japan surrendered to the Allies, Ando was walking through his hometown of Osaka, surveying the damage wrought by years of war. The city had been spared the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but it was devastated nevertheless. Aerial bombings had destroyed the factory and two office buildings that Ando had built, leaving him in search of a new occupation. During his walk, he stumbled across a group of people gathered in the wreckage behind the train station, lined up outside a makeshift ramen stall and waiting for something to eat. Ando thought: People are willing to go through this much suffering for a bowl of ramen? As it turns out, noodle soup is a near-universal comfort food, and Japanese people turned to ramen for comfort.

The super interesting origin story of instant ramen. Is every single article in Lucky Peach always fantastic?

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