For those of you who haven’t heard already, the world famous Southbank in London is under threat by retail development.
Long Live Southbank is a non-profit organisation started by skateboarders to preserve London’s unique and renowned Southbank Undercroft and to represent it’s diverse creative community of skateboarders, BMXers, artists and visitors. They give them a voice and raise awareness about the imminent threat of the destruction of a creative community who have turned a dead space into a thriving visual hub for 40 years. Their mission: To preserve and protect the Southbank Undercroft site from relocation, gentrification and sanitisation. If successful in our bid to preserve this historic London landmark, our role would then be to act as a committee dedicated to looking after the interest of its users and to improve the site in a way which compliments and enhances the original features which first attracted the skateboard community in the early 70’s.
They currently have more that 26,000 members from all walks of life, art forms and social backgrounds.
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Article by John Crace: www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/29/skating-south-bank-skateboarding-undercroft