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Southbank Skatepark in London to be turned into more cafes and shops Watch

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    http://www.change.org/petitions/lamb...ank-skate-park
    http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/shutt..._source=vicefb

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/ap...ing-south-bank

    It's criminal that a place which is important for many young people and one of the few places in which they can socialize and skate in London is going to close for another unimportant and overpriced London cafe. Do hipsters and soulless city workers who probably go to soulless holes like Pret and Slug and Lettuce really need another cafe?
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    Its a shame really, now kids are going to be skating on public buildings and getting ASBO's for it
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    A real shame, it's a great space. I don't understand why they would do this, it's very well used and there are usually lots of small performances there for tourists etc.
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    I agree, it's a shame.

    However, there are many BMX tracks in East London. The skaters don't need to be scaring away the lucrative tourists in Central.
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    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I agree, it's a shame.

    However, there are many BMX tracks in East London. The skaters don't need to be scaring away the lucrative tourists in Central.
    Is there any evidence that this is the case?

    In fact, every time I've been down South Bank way I've always noticed that far from scaring anyone away, the skaters/BMXers actually tend to attract quite a big crowd of interested tourists - they're not yobs, they're enjoying themselves and providing entertainment for passers-by. Nothing wrong with that at all!
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    (Original post by Democracy)
    Is there any evidence that this is the case?

    In fact, every time I've been down South Bank way I've always noticed that far from scaring anyone away, the skaters/BMXers actually tend to attract quite a big crowd of interested tourists - they're not yobs, they're enjoying themselves and providing entertainment for passers-by. Nothing wrong with that at all!
    Agreed, frequently taking photos and generally has a great atmosphere.

    Lots of videos shot there as well.
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    That's a pity, I think it adds a nice touch. Do we really need yet another Starbucks...
 
 
 
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