The Death of Another Skate Bank

Bogus! Last week I noticed the prep work for this and yup, now it’s official. As of Monday, the bricks went flying outside the SBC (now AT&T) building at the corner of 2nd & Folsom. Post-work, I’d usually walk by several (direct from Central Casting) lanky, scruffy skaters practicing on this bank. Quite often accompanied by low-to-the-ground videotaping on another skateboard. (They were always genuinely courteous of the walking commuters btw.)

It’s pathetic that in a city renown in the 80’s as a skateboard mecca, skaters are reduced to prizing such less than challenging locations. Further evidence that an updated skate park built in a non-hinterland location is sorely needed. (Potrero Del Sol still twists tantalizingly in budgetary limbo.) At least it’s heartening to know that, pretty soon, they’ll have figured out away to exploit the new brick layout and be grinding once again.

2 Comments so far

  1. anna (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    the other day this guy was blocking the intersection of Washington St. & Leavenworth doing random skater tricks, whathaveyou, performing for a cable car. I honked to get him out of the way, he gave me the finger. charming!

  2. courtney (unregistered) on May 19th, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

    I hope someday to see a “reclaim the grind” project, where someone welds some nice railing right on top of those anti-grind knobs. installed on public benches, curbs and masonry.

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