Good morning, RVA! It's 73 °F, and today looks pretty great. Expect highs near 90 °F and maaaaaybe a bit of rain here or there, but for the rest of the weekend get ready for sun, sun, sun!
This Michael Paul Williams column on What To Do About Our Crumbling Public Housing Neighborhoods is dark. When presented with a very limited set of highly unlikely options, he says the best we can do is try to keep our existing public housing stock together with whatever string and duct tape we can manage. That's upsetting to me. I get that deconcentrating poverty is not some sort of magical solution that, should we suddenly find the hundreds of millions of dollars to pull it off, would put an end to all of Richmond's woes. But, living in aging, falling-apart housing in neighborhoods designed to keep people separated from the life of the City is not something we should accept either. I don't know where we go from here.
Kerri O'Brien at WRIC has a story on some folks who are bummed about the City building a water tank to serve Chesterfield residents on city-owned park land. First, I didn't even know that Lewis G. Larus Park existed, and, from the Google Maps view, it seems pretty nice! Second, there's already a water pumping station on site and building a new one adjacent to it seems like maybe not a massive deal—plus the suburban park gets 10 new parking spaces. Since this is a joint project between the City and the County, about a billion committees and legislative bodies need to approve it, so regardless of how you feel about the thing don't expect shovels in the ground any time soon.
A while back, I put out a call for ladies to run a workshop as part of the Full STEAM Ahead conference for rising 6th and 9th grade girls. Registration for the event closes on July 10th, so if you've got a girl who's interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math, get to it! I mean, come on! Look at this list of super fascinating workshops!
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has started to drop hints that he may not have the votes to decimate American healthcare. If we can get total annihilation off the table, I'm kind of interested in what kind of tweaks to Obamacare the Senate will consider should they need Democratic support. I'm sure it'll be terrible and terrifying, but I'm still interested!
- Squirrels beat Erie, 6-5, and leave town for a series against Bowie that begins tonight at 7:05 PM.
- Kickers head out to take on FC Cincinnati on Saturday at 6:00 PM.
- Nats fell to Atlanta, 2-5, and continue that series through the weekend.
This morning's longread
Today's longread is about how we would handle shifting to a society where so much of your value as a person isn't wrapped up in What You Do For A Living. Recommended pairing: Yesterday's Patron Longread about the types of jobs in the future.
So the impending end of work raises the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. To begin with, what purposes could we choose if the job – economic necessity – didn’t consume most of our waking hours and creative energies? What evident yet unknown possibilities would then appear? How would human nature itself change as the ancient, aristocratic privilege of leisure becomes the birthright of human beings as such?