Good Morning, RVA: The plant and animal life better appreciate all of this rain

Because I’d like to squish around less.

Photo by: MattJP

Good morning, RVA! It’s 55 °F, and highs today will be in the 60s! The omnipresent rain, however, will soggily continue all the way through tomorrow when everything gets a chance to dry out. Positives and negatives.

Water cooler

RVANews Live #005 is tonight! We’ve got two super interesting and super boozy panels for you, plus a pretty impressive array of samples to enjoy as we talk about the ins and outs of the local alcohol biz. Tickets are still on sale, and you can get yours right here. Be there or be having a probably pretty boring time elsewhere.

Leah Small, writing for Style Weekly, has more on The Maggie Walker Tree Chopapocalypse. Meanwhile, folks are also concerned about the mayor’s proposal to close the very end portion of Brook Road, which helps form the concrete island the aforementioned tree lives in, to create an “urban plaza” to accompany the Maggie Walker monument. That’s ORD. 2015-251 (PDF), and it’s on Council’s agenda for December 14th. I imagine if the street is closed there will be more room for both the tree and the statue, but I guess you can’t please everyone!

Also in this week’s Style a comprehensive report of the leadership crisis in the city’s finance department. Which reminds me, did Richmond submit its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report to the state on time? The deadline was November 30th.

You’re not going to believe me when I say this, but Susan Howson’s guide to buying a real Christmas tree is one of the most delightful things I’ve read this week–and I’ve owned a fake, plastic tree for my entire life!

I enjoyed this cute Vox video about the Monty Hall Problem, which is one of those fun anti-common-sense math problems.


  • Rams head west to take on Middle Tennessee State University tonight at 9:00 PM on the Fox Sports Network.
  • Spiders (roundball) couldn’t pull the upset at Florida and lost by 20.
  • #10 Wahoos beat Ohio State, 64-58 in Columbus last night.
  • Hokies (roundball) fell in overtime to Northwestern, 79-81.

This morning’s longread

Why New York Subway Lines Are Missing Countdown Clocks

Turns out the real reason is that government is bad at large software projects.

But here’s the truly crazy thing: The only people who know exactly where that train is are on the train itself. The signal-tower operators don’t know; there’s no one in the Rail Control Center who could tell you, because the F isn’t hooked up to the Rail Control Center. Today, for the F train–along with the G, the A, B, C, D, E, J, M, N, Q, R, and Z–the best the system can say is that the train will get there when it gets there.

This morning’s Instagram

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