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Photos: Rumors of War Unveiling Ceremony

The rains stopped as hundreds gathered on Arthur Ashe Boulevard in front of the VMFA to welcome Richmond’s newest statue Rumors of War by Kehinde Wiley.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

“It’s taken more than 100 years, but the rest of Richmond residents finally have a monument of a man on a horse that looks like them.” – Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney

“There is something moving in the culture. There’s something changing in these winds. I think we’re all fed up with a lot of things.” – Kehinde Wiley

Art has always been about what we as a people say yes to, and these things change. Culture evolves. – Artist Kehinde Wiley

The moment the unveiling became a veil. As they attempted to unveil the statue part of the tarp was pierced by the riders hair.

The first attempt to fix the issue involved poking it with a stick.

Richmond Public Schools All City Marching Band

Richmond firefighter John Lukhard (reported by RTD) came to the rescue and removed the last bit of the tarp.

VMFA on Rumors of War:

As a direct response to the Confederate statues that line Monument Avenue in Richmond, Wiley conceived the idea for Rumors of War when he visited the city in 2016 for the opening of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at VMFA. Rumors of War takes its inspiration from the statue of Confederate Army General James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart created by Frederick Moynihan in 1907. As with the original sculpture, the rider strikes a heroic pose while sitting upon a muscular horse. However, in Wiley’s sculpture, the figure is a young African American dressed in urban streetwear. Proudly mounted on its large stone pedestal, the bronze sculpture commemorates African American youth lost to the social and political battles being waged throughout our nation.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Our City’s Roads or Any City for that Matter

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There is no local connection to this story just a neat website that lets you get an image of the streets of any city. Similar to the popular design by Studio Two Three but you can pick your Mom’s town. You can play with the colors and download an image as I did above or just grab screenshots after zooming in as I did below. there are some minor errors like a mystery road going to Belle Isle but overall it’s an interesting way to look at the city. I also checked out some fairly small cities I’m familiar with in other states and it did an excellent job on those as well.

I found out about this on this RVAreddit thread originally posted by u/57duck.

Andrei Kashcha @anvaka created the website. For the technology-minded of you out there it downloads roads from OpenStreetMap and renders them with WebGL. You can find the entire source code here. If you love his website you can buy him a coffee, but it’s not mandatory.

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Roastology Now Open

Can there ever be too much coffee in the world? On a cold day like today, the answer is a resounding no.

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Roastology was established in the distant past of  2012 in the wilds of North Chesterfield. They closed up shop in the county and moved into the city. They’ve been working on their new shop located at 2701 W. Cary Street.

They’re hosting their Grand Opening today from 7 AM – 5 PM. They roast coffee on-site and have a full-service coffee shop. You’ll also find their coffee at Wegmans, Carytown & Ivymont Kroger, and online.

Also as of earlier this week, they’re still looking for kitchen staff so if you’re looking for a job check out their Facebook post.

Karri Peifer over at Richmond.com has a ton more details (and photos of the shop) on the folks behind the new caffeine addition to the Fan.

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City’s First Pothole Blitz of the Year is in Full Swing

Holey Smokes that’s a lot of potholes.

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Fighting potholes is arguably the most Sisyphean task the city faces. No matter how many are filled in new ones are waiting to spring up. The city is currently holding a blitz where they hope to take care of as many potholes as possible in a short amount of time.

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DPW Roadway crews are out en masse for the first pothole blitz of the year. Their goal is to clear a backlog of nearly 600 service requests for pothole repairs that are in the system.

In the 2019 calendar year DPW reached a department milestone, fixing more than 31,000 potholes.

The current blitz is expected to last approximately two weeks.

Potholes can be reported by calling Customer Care at 3-1-1 or online at RVA311.com.

We’re Social! For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on Twitter @DPW_RichmondVA.

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