Skate Chlorine Canyon!

The Vigorous North, a “Field Guide to Inner-City Wilderness Areas,” has this great thing up right now about another wonderful side effect of the current economic slowdown. From The Foreclosed Backyards National [Skate] Park:

… thanks to the passage of the massive bailout package and the “troubled asset relief program,” the American public now owns a substantial portion of these over-mortgaged backyards.

America’s foreclosed backyards are a lot like a newly-created national park.

It’s a good survey of recent articles from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, focusing in particular on how drained swimming pools are such a wonderful resource for those with skateboards and a few cleaning supplies.

The skateboarders have even developed their own code of ethics, which is strikingly similar to the “leave no trace” principles that are promoted among backcountry hikers and climbers.

This is of course quite similar to the water shortages of the ’70s that drained so many Southern CA backyard pools, inadvertently helping birth the era of modern skateboarding. Yet another way to survive the coming economic depression in high style.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

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