‘SKATEBOARD NOTTINGHAM: Skateboarding and Nottingham’s Development’ by Chris Lawton, 2016.
We’re stoked that LLSB keeps inspiring people and putting on pressure on local government to stop their habit of undemocratic support of consumerism over culture through draconian limited vision and self-serving politicians. Skateboarding is not a crime. We’re gassed to read how an inspired generation continues to push for social change.
“LLSB pretty much lead the way for a thoughtful approach to skateboarding in civic activism. For Nottingham City Council we put together a report on ‘skateboarding and urban economic development’, to help with a new project to develop a ‘plaza’ style skate facility outside Nottingham city centre. The report summarises the Ocean Howell article on Love Park/Philly and Richard Florida’s ideas, and bullet-points Gustav Svanborg Eden’s recent seminar on Skate Malmo, which might be useful for other groups in their own work with Local Government and other organisations, such as Sport England.
I really hope we can avoid more Kettering-like situations. The idea that a town or city – with everything we know from the economic and social research on the importance of a young population for investment and spending in retail, the night-time economy, the creative and cultural sectors and in attracting knowledge intensive employers – might actively attempt to drive younger people out of their centres is a worrying step. Not least because, at the same time, most towns and cities want to increase graduate retention and the progression of school and college students into further study or employment. Most urban areas have younger populations than average, but many young people tend to move away from their home towns, resulting in net outward migration of a future workforce, creatives and business owners. Many cities across the UK are vigorously pursuing strategies with ‘Creative Quarters’, including Norwich, Stoke-on-Trent and here in Nottingham – often using skateboarders in their marketing materials – whilst at the same time risking appearing hostile to the young and active. I’m super optimistic we can change perceptions across the UK, and start building a good dialogue between skateboarders and Local Government.
LLSB and Skate Malmo are the inspiration for us to try to do this.
Keep up the good fight.”
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Big up and thank you guys too!
Long Live SkateBoarding!