Mr. Moredock you must have a remarkably naive view of the real world.
You wrote this article with the intention inciting angst and anger amongst the readers. I suppose if you can't write something worthwhile then the next best thing is sensationalism. After all, it works really well for the P&C. Take a look at their comments section sometime. You think it sells papers or ads on the website ? It must. What else would drive a man to write such irresponsible drivel ?
Many of us, I hope the majority, do understand Magnolia's position, and indeed there are no hard feelings. We are grateful that we were allowed to use the property for as long as we did.
Also, the efforts and apparent results from the people of Pour It now should be well applauded. Thank You !
I can't wait to see something happen for the skaters here in Charleston, in the form of a concrete park !
Greg, I'm aware of the efforts of the folks from POUR IT NOW. Noble indeed. I know they are working 'towards' the goal of building a skate park, but as far as I know, at this time, there's nothing solid. There's been no 'real' confirmation of plans to build a park. It's only here-say at this point....again, as far as I know. If there's been some news or plans for a park truly confirmed, I'm sure we would all love to hear about it.
Until then I have to go on the assumption that the government, is as typical, floundering around.
The demolition of the skateboard area... a very tiny portion of the overall area, feels like a real knee-jerk reaction. It's like they thought they found a nest of wasps in their living room.
I wish they (whoever 'they' really is) had given it some more thought, and had the foresight, and the reason to see that the skaters NEED a place like that.
There may not be a way to let people skate the area free of liability that's presumably placed on the property owners, but it would have been nice if they had tried.
Still, the City should have stepped up and built a REAL skate park over a decade ago... there's no doubt there and it falls on the city administration that the skaters (we, me, us) here have to go to such lengths to be able to practice our sport.
We're very appreciative of the CCP and Josh Curry bringing attention to this miserable and depressing event and the state of affairs for skaters in our area in general. This particular article shows in one instance at least the plight of skateboarders in Charleston.
We've been held in a state of social contempt for more than twenty years here. It's readily apparent that the bureaucracy has little respect for us as citizens of the low country if they acknowledge us at all. We've been swept under the rug for decades now and I'll tell you it's starting to chafe more than just a little.
We have time and time again gone to the city and the county government with requests that they acknowledge us and set aside resources for us that as tax payers we deserve. As organized groups we've offered to shoulder as much of the responsibility as is possible. No group of people has shown themselves to be as proactive and ardent in their pursuit as we are and yet, we have the least. Indeed, we have less than nothing for we aren't allowed, we are literally breaking the (unjust and archaic) law if we practice our sport in anything other than the most obscure private setting.
There exist facilities in Charleston for each of the major sporting activities and though they are traditional they are no more deserving of financial expenditure than skateboarding. The numbers of participants in skateboarding is exceeding even the supposed national pastime.
We have a multimillion dollar tunnel under Maybank highway but not a skatepark ? Really ? Nearly every major city and the great majority of smaller cities in the United States have concrete skate parks, but Charleston does not. It's a culturally negligent position to be in. Our 'leaders should ashamed. At the least, they should feel embarrassed for not "keeping up with the Joneses".
The people must know that the kids of yesteryear, have grown up. We're attorneys, doctors, salesmen, and business owners in this city and county. We have a place here that needs to be accepted by our elected and non-elected officials alike.
The next generation of skaters, the younger crowd, are our children.
Like it or not, we're not going away, and we won't accept the mistreatment any longer. We have the means to fight back now. We have the ability to raise public awareness. We can raise funds and we will rally people to our cause.
Most importantly we and our sympathizers vote.
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