"Elves saving cities' forlorn and forgotten corners" - Mike Jeffries on skateboarding and public space - Sidewalk Skateboarding

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“Elves saving cities’ forlorn and forgotten corners” – Mike Jeffries on skateboarding and public space

It is refreshing to see a newspaper article which views street skating in a positive light, when normally the most we can hope for our public representation is that we should be herded into and confined within skateparks. Mike Jeffries comes through with a piece which, though some of the wording makes me think that he may have conducted his research in a late 90s time warp (“Skaters, being predominantly teenage lads, can seem like an alien and dangerous sub-species, scowling from beneath hoodies festooned with zombies, occult runes or lewd cartoons”), is otherwise a well thought through musing on how skateboarders often claim areas of the urban landscape which may otherwise fall prey to more nefarious use and the battles they still face despite this. Read the full article for some positivity on your Thursday morning by clicking on the Five Bridges image below:


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