Good Morning, RVA: Take a deep breath

Slow down, you’re moving too fast.

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 37 °F, but spring is back on track. This afternoon features highs around 65 °F, plenty of sunshine, and a bit of wind.

Water cooler

Explosions in Belgium have killed at least 21 people. Read this Vox piece for what’s known right now, and follow @reportedly for ongoing updates.

The RTD’s Ned Oliver has the list of who all is invited to Wilder’s mayoral forum on April 6th. I’m glad to see that it’s a comprehensive list of the folks who’ve expressed interest in running for mayor, but it’s still a bunch of weeks before the filing deadline. Only three people are actually running for mayor at this point, and it seems weird to host a forum comprised of what, at this point, are just some regular off-the-street dudes.

Also re: elections, Richmond Magazine looks into the 2nd District city council race (which, despite the first sentence, is not “officially set” just because two Well Known People™ have decided to run). Make sure you read the last couple of paragraphs while knowing this fact: You’ve got to vacate your council seat to run for mayor. Last I counted, we could see as many as six council seats up for grabs come November. If you think one of those seats has your name on it, there’s still plenty of time to get on the ballot!

OK. You need to buckle down and read the third installment of our education FAQ by Teresa Cole. This one deep dives into RPS’s proposed budget, and without a general understanding of how it all works and what all is involved, you’re not going to be able to understand this spring’s looming budget battle. This will be the piece we link back to over and over again as we continue to discuss fully funding Richmond Public Schools.

Rachel Marsh looks into what Virginia’s doing to attract LGBT tourism dollars to our wonderful part of the state. There’s an X-Men joke in the article, so I’m obligated by my personal code of honor to link to it.

Richmonder Lucy Dacus just dropped the video for her single “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” and maybe you’ll recognize some folks in it! Dacus is one of the latest Richmond artists to become kind of a big deal, and her new album is wonderful.

Want to read a couple thousand words about the grocery store biz in Richmond? Gregory Gilligan at the RTD has you covered. Richmond is like a pocket universe for grocery stores–despite our limited area, we can fit an infinite number of grocery stores and grocery store chains.


Rest those sports muscles until the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament begins in a couple of days. But know, in the back of your mind somewhere, that spring football practice begins today and Major League Baseball starts on April 4th.

This morning’s longread

Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage

I think the most striking thing about this photo essay is how so many people throw away the exact same stuff.

On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City’s Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove–filled with other people’s trash. Most of the building is used as a depot for garbage trucks, but there’s a secret collection that takes over an entire floor. The space is populated by a mind-bogglingly wide array of items: a bestiary of Tamagotchis, Furbies; dozens of Pez dispensers; female weight lifting trophies; 8-track tapes; plates, paintings, sporting equipment and much more.

This morning’s Instagram

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