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on June 07, 2016

You'll have to excuse me. This is not our usual Left + Right blog post. It doesn't have anything to do with L+R or what we do here. (Well it does have to do with the internet - one website in particular.) But, under the circumstances, I'm breaking from the norm. This post is all about a small Richmond business we love.

Yesterday, like many others, I read this article in total shock and denial.


I consider myself a lifelong Richmonder. I went to elementary and middle school in Chesterfield (ok, that's not Richmond City, but close enough), and after a brief few years outside the area, I returned to Richmond to attend VCU in 1999. I'll admit it, I didn't even think much of Richmond then, and I planned to transfer to a "better" art school after a year or two. I quickly learned how ignorant I was of Richmond and VCU, and I never left. I love it here.

After college, I moved into the Randolph neighborhood and kept building my freelance design practice which evolved into the agency we have today. Randolph is a few blocks south of the Main Street office that once housed Pharrout and RVA News. I don't know exactly when (or why), but I remember stopping by their office one day and meeting with Scott Pharr. Ross was there and we were introduced, but that was about it. So, I can't say I know him personally, but I have always loved the reporting, independent spirit, and hyper-local coverage of RVAnews.com.

RVA News embodies the very spirit of Richmond. Ross and his stable of writers speak in a tone that is like talking to a friend or neighbor. It's always refreshing, honest, and of course, local. They manage to cover everything that matters to real Richmonders.

This morning, I woke up to countless posts in my news feed from people and organizations - all saying the same things - how sad and devastated they are to see RVA News close. But no one is jumping up to say they will do anything about it.

We, at Left Plus Right, are still a very small business. We don't have a ton of cash in the bank, but we are packed with ideas (and tech and design savvy) and I personally don't want to see RVA News go away.

Ross, I've contacted you already and I know your inbox is flooded, but get in touch when you have a minute. I want to buy/invest/resuscitate RVA News with you.

Richmond is a place where underdogs rise up. I can't live in a world where Goliath lives and David is put in a shallow and sudden grave.

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