The title of the New York Times article reads “Skaters jump in as Foreclosures Drain the Pool”. Quite the surprise, don’t you think? Basically an article about the economic hardships for everyone and how it benefits skateboarders.
You see foreclosures hitting people hard. They lose their homes and just like that, you got a new pool to skate. On top of that, the pool services just haven’t been doing as well and rarely anyone maintains their pool according to the article. But skateboarders do!
One part of the article that was pretty sketchy though was when it was talking about west Nile and the health hazard of it all. I almost feel like the city should actually just pay the skateboarders who clean each pool. For all you know, they may have saved the lives of many in the neighborhood. But of course they’re still probably getting the boot from the cops because some irate neighbor made the call in to get them in trouble.
It would have been worthy to mention that not all pools are skateable to begin with. Some have too much vert and some just don’t have a decent shape. So if the dude in the article is saying he has too many to even choose from, then he must have found a gold mine. On top of all this, if you go to mapquest and check out your local neighborhood. Zoom in to the maximum and check out all the local pools in your area. Ever wonder if that abandoned house in the corner has a pool in the back? Now you can find out!
Posted by Ruben 'Studdard' Najera on Monday, December 29th, 2008 in Skateboarding.