Plus, 5 year anniversary of Arthur Ashe Boulevard
 
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📍 Transportation improvements, mapped
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Explore the projects that could get funding through the Central Virginia Transportation Authority. | Map by RICtoday via Proxi
Wish you could have a say in improving our region’s roads? Good news — you can.

Every two years, the Central Virginia Transportation Authority shares a list of transportation project proposals and asks for public comment. You can share your thoughts on each project through Thursday, Feb. 22.

But what are the projects? We’re glad you asked. There are over 30 of them, divided into fives categories: Bike/Ped, Highway, Preliminary Engineering, Study, and Transit. Altogether, they total an estimated $151.5 million in funding over the next four years.

We made an interactive map so you can easily explore the projects and see which ones might impact your area.

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The Transit category includes a funding request from GRTC to help extend the Pulse west to Parham.

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Photo by GRTC

Here are a few particulars we noticed:
  • The Transit category includes GRTC requesting some funding for three projects — the north/south BRT line, the Pulse extension west to Parham, and the Downtown Transit Hub.
  • Highway is the most populous category by a wide margin, but many of those projects also include pedestrian and bike improvements.
  • Several of the proposals include preparing stretches of road for the future Fall Line Trail.
Click around the map to see what projects were submitted. Not all projects are seeking full funding from CVTA. For more information on specific projects, click the “More Info” button on each point.

Once you’ve explored the map, you can add comments directly on the CVTA website. There will also be a public hearing on Friday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m., which you can attend virtually or in person at PlanRVA’s Hull Street office.
 
Events
 
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Valentine’s Market | Monday, Feb. 12 | 2-5 p.m. | Black Heath Meadery, 1313 Altamont Ave., Richmond | Free entry | Eat Boi will bring Thai-inspired treats to this pop-up market with local art, vintage, goods, and plenty of mead.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Controversy/History: Beyond the Information Age | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond | Free | This community conversation will address the history of media with a panel of digital and print professionals.
  • Mighty Joshua on Shockoe Sessions Live | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | In Your Ear Studios, 1813 E. Broad St., Richmond | $15 | Get tickets to see the high energy reggae artist in person, or stream the show on YouTube.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • VCU Women’s Basketball vs. UR | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6 p.m. | Siegel Center, 1200 W. Broad St., Richmond | $7-$10 | Get BOGO tickets when you buy in-person to watch the Rams and Spiders in a hometown battle.
  • Lager is for Lovers | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 6-9 p.m. | Bingo Beer Co., 2900 W. Broad St., Richmond | Free entry | Check out this love-filled pop-up complete with build-you-own-bouquets from Richmond Flower Truck, food and drink specials, and games.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • “Love Jones” | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | Larenz Tate and Nia Long star in this romantic film from 1997.
  • Sam Reed Sings | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 8 p.m. | Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall St., Richmond | $30 | Join the local singer for a tribute to funk singer Betty Davis with burlesque performances from Sasha Nyte, Qing Blaze, Jungle Julia, and Jo’Rie Tigerlily.
Friday, Feb. 16
  • 19th Annual Symposium | Friday, Feb. 16-Saturday, Feb. 17 | Times vary | American Civil War Museum, 500 Tredegar St., Richmond | $35-$150 | Your ticket includes an exclusive reception, a preview of the museum’s upcoming exhibition, and access to several panels featuring leading Civil War scholars.
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News Notes
 
Traffic
  • Expect slower traffic on Northside near Brook Road and Brookland Park Boulevard this week. The intersection will be closed so crews can install new signal poles.
Open
  • 9 Muses — a retail space that exclusively stocks products from Richmond-based artists, musicians, and creators — opened over the weekend. You can shop the Scott’s Addition store seven days a week.
Opening
  • A new Brazilian steakhouse and churrascaria chain is set to open in West Broad Village today. Fogo de Chão offers several dining options, including tableside servings of meats and an all-you-can-eat buffet. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Tech
  • Lighthouse Labs, a Richmond-based startup accelerator, announced its newest batch of participating companies. Among them is WriteHuman, a Midlothian AI company that specializes in modifying AI-produced writing to sound more natural. (Richmond BizSense)
Cause
  • The newest RVA Community Fridge is open in front of Matchbox Mutual Aid. Swing by to drop off food items for community members or find the fridge closest to you.
Edu
  • Do you know a standout RPS employee? Nominations are open for RPS Shines, an evening of awards and recognition for local teachers, principals, and support staff. Submit the form by Friday, March 1.
Civic
  • If you’re passionate about the democratic process, apply to be an election officer for the next three elections. In order to serve, you must be registered to vote and available to work the polls on Election Day. You cannot be an elected official or employed by one.
Finance
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
 
 
History
 
5 years of Arthur Ashe Boulevard
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Arthur Ashe playing in the Southern California Sectional in 1966. | Photo via UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
Did you know it’s been five years since the naming of Arthur Ashe Boulevard?

The street, formerly known just as Boulevard, was renamed for the global humanitarian, tennis star, and Richmonder following a City Council vote in February 2019. Different groups campaigned for the change in 1993 and 2003 before the successful effort in 2019.

Mark your calendar for a Why Design Matters panel discussion on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at The Branch Museum. The museum will welcome the Arthur Ashe Boulevard Team to share the story behind the naming of the historic street five years ago. The event is free; registration is required.

Curious about how local streets got their names? Hit the button below for the stories behind the roads we travel daily.
 
The Buy
 
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The Wrap
 
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I had a great time with some pals at the Big Gay Market this past weekend. Remember to keep up with our calendar for can’t-miss local events.
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