For many years, skateboarding was seen as a dangerous outsider activity and was actively discouraged in cities around the world. But with the X Games and skateboarding’s inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, attitudes have begun to change. “You should not be arrested for skateboarding; it’s a portal for science and art and creativity, and for socializing and opening up to the world around you. It leads to incredible ways to figure out who you can become as a person. It’s not just a sport, it’s an enhancement for life,” said Ashley Rehfeld, a marketing director with skateboarding company Deluxe Distribution. Since the pandemic, communities in cities like New York, San Francisco and Paris have embraced skateboarding as an activity for creating community. They are repurposing key areas of downtowns that had been abandoned and creating public spaces for skateboarding and other activities that bring people together and ignite creativity.

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