How Cities Are Finally Embracing Skateboarders



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Discover the impact skateboarding has made on how we think about, inhabit, and design cities. With Tony Hawk for inspiration, and representatives from his foundation, Alec Beck and Brent Eyestone, as our guides, we’ll explore Chicago through the eyes of a skateboarder. Watch as urban obstacles transform into opportunities for creative exploration. We also head to skateparks like Grant Skate Park and La Villita Skate Park to see how they’re designed and how they foster community as public space. The Skate Park Project, formerly known as the Tony Hawk Foundation supports the construction of skateparks across the country with funding and expertise. Whether you’re a skateboarder, city planner, or just curious about this unique intersection of sport and urban design, this video offers a fascinating lens into how cities are designed and how they work.

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