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I know this is a skiing website (I've been a member since '07) but I'm working at the moment on a campaign to save the world's oldest street skate spot, the Southbank Undercroft in London. I would consider myself a skier first and foremost these days, but I grew up skating there for 10 years and the place means a lot to me personally.
The situation is this.
- The site on top of the skate spot is scheduled to be redeveloped.
- The skate spot is to be replaced with restaurants and cafes.
- The campaign is called Long Live Southbank. We have 50,000 members at present and been featured in the national press (and internationally).
- The campaign have lodged legal actions to preserve the space legally.
The spot has been continuously used for 40 years, and forms a part of London's culture and history. It has featured in skate videos since the 70s and more recently in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater among other things. It is known, at least to skateboarders, all over the world.
I would argue that, due to skateboarding's role as an inspiration for other sports, the campaign has a certain importance across all these sports. Its not as if skateboarding hasn't had a major influence on the skiing we all love!
Newschoolers is renowned for its ability to gain sway votes, I'm hoping you guys have time to at least boost our facebook support (surprisingly low at the moment) and even better join up as members. Numbers really help our campaign and give us weight in our dealings with the southbank centre. If you want to help even more share the media and spread the word.
Thanks in advance! Bump this thread if you can and obviously i'll +K people for response.
(PS. Mods Move to NSG if you feel that is better, I think this is relevant to any extreme sport)