While researching for a lecture I’m giving at Miami’s School of Architecture on Monday, I came across this nice little video of how Providence is supporting skateboarding in Downtown. The Greater Kennedy Plaza placemaking effort has been working on improvements to the square for two years now, and it has been super cool to watch the PVD skating scene descend on the rink every Thursday night. I’ve asked the questions before, but how is your city supporting alternative sports?
With Bill on his way up the eastern sea board, there is a buzz of activity taking place in preparation for some potentially epic surf & kiting. Having talked with a half dozen friends this afternoon about the best spots, times and equipment needed to enjoy the most Bill has to offer I came to realize an interesting connection between cities and progressive sports. The video above was taken at Pleasure Bay in South Boston. You can literally take public transportation to one of the best kiteboarding location I’ve ever rode. How does your city take advantage of its natural environment to support these extreme sports? Sure, a glass calm, wind swept bay is not a straight forward as a little league baseball field, but skate parks, kitesurfing launches, surfing access to beaches and urban bouldering can all become unique amenities to a city. What type of riding can you enjoy in your city?