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Re: “UPDATED: MidSouth Coliseum Mothballed in New Plan

Alexander: Because sport teams will be paying high dollars to use that 80 million dollar facility. Kids in the neighborhood won't. That's why it's important that the plan has something for everyone so that the more exclusive venues will be offset by ones accessible to the general public. Hopefully the plan that has yet to be unveiled will show that balanced thoughtful approach.

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Posted by airshafer on 11/01/2017 at 3:29 PM

Re: “City Calls Second Public Planning Meeting for the Fairgrounds

Water park sounds fantastic. Even better would be including a cutting edge Surf park into the mix of water park features. Austin is the only City in the U.S. that has a Surf park which opened in summer of 2016. If you are curious to know what a surf park looks like, I wrote blog post on one over at Smart City Memphis :…
Let's bring back a "beach within reach." :)

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Posted by airshafer on 09/19/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Good Jobs Lost

There are a glut of scientists right now. Universities have been churning out an oversupply of PhD trained scientist for nearly 20 years. This lady has the training and skill set, however she's competing for jobs that PhD scientists are filling that are 20 years younger than her and are cheaper. The market seems hot but in reality it's tough out there these days.…

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Posted by airshafer on 02/25/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Memphis Makes Top 10 Least Hipster-Friendly Cities List

Forget the hipster rankings, I am going to go skate at our new skate park!

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Posted by airshafer on 03/12/2013 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Skaters Shun Helmets and Warnings

I'll do my best. There has been a noticeable increase in helmet usage in the morning hours, which is when my boys and I skate, but I have observed a lot of users (~75%) not wearing helmets in the later afternoon hours. That 75% has not been influenced by the handcuffing incident. It's just hard to teach new habits to users in their teens and twenties. I went by yesterday afternoon and that number still held true.

I think your friend is on to something. I am definitely willing to try maneuvers that I wouldn't try without my pads.

Posted by airshafer on 12/12/2011 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Skaters Shun Helmets and Warnings

As a skate park advocate that has been working on getting a skate park for our City, I find the disregard of the posted rules very disappointing. The City spent well over $500,000 for this incredible park to be built and how do a number of skaters thank the City? They give them the collective finger by blowing off the rules and next thing you know skateboarders are in the media looking like a bunch of spoiled ungrateful brats.

On the other hand I am not surprised. As a friend of mine pointed out, gratitude is an elusive character quality that takes years to cultivate. Few of us have it in our younger years. Many skaters have no idea of how much time an effort went into getting this park so showing gratitude is low on the priority list- especially if being grateful means looking “uncool” to your friends or “limits your ability to creatively express yourself.”

It’s also important to keep in mind that the helmet rule is not enforced in any of the local area skate parks so what we have is a younger generation, perhaps two generations of skaters that have grown up not wearing helmets. Even within most California skate parks, which also have similar helmet ordinances, you will find the majority of users without helmets.

I am encouraged to see a number of skaters that are wearing helmets, especially the younger kids and older skaters that have been involved with taking the Tobey skate park project to fruition.

I hope that the City is able to get users to wear their helmets, it's for their own good mind you, but based on what I have seen in most parks, it will be an uphill battle.

In the meantime, Skatelife will continue to slowly change the skate culture’s attitude towards wearing helmets as we work with teaching skateboarding to kids and their families at the park on Saturdays. One day, I hope, the next generation of skateboarders will see wearing a helmet no differently than wearing their seat-belts.

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Posted by airshafer on 12/11/2011 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Kid Handcuffed for Not Wearing Helmet at New City Skate Park

If parents do their jobs and people observe the rules then the police don't have to step in. People give the police that power and authority once they decide to ignore the rules.

The bottom line is that a parent should have read the rules, enforced them on his/her own kid and not left the park since the park rules state that kids under 12 must have a guardian present. Two weeks ago a user sustained a serious head injury at the park and will be off his board for 4 months. He was fortunate it wasn't worse. I am glad the officer made an example of the kid, albeit extreme, because splitting your head open on the concrete is a very serious deal.

Our City just gave us a $500K gift in this park, users can show some gratitude by obeying some pretty simple rules.

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Posted by airshafer on 12/03/2011 at 2:26 PM

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