Relax, would you? We have seventy dollars and a pair of girls underpants. We’re safe as kittens.

Philly, February 2007. Last time I was here in say…2002, things were quite different. Let’s take a look around.

City Hall:

So it appears that after the city used city hall as the ‘street’ area for the X-games, and got their money out of it, they decided that they didn’t want anyone to be able to skate there ever again. I’m probably a couple years late on this breaking news story, but it still bummed me out.

Just thinking about all the skating that went down here over the years and how it’s pretty much ruined forever sure can make a guy misty eyed. Imagine how much the rail had to of been skated to where the wall ended up looking like that.

At least they forgot to skate stop these rails. Thanks guys!

Across the street from City Hall and Love Park is this spot that I have no idea what everyone calls. They took notches out of all the benches here too, but the whole place is littered with this arty crap. The dominos have been in a lot of videos and look super good to skate.

Everyone knows the story on this place, but seeing in person how crappy the pink planters they put all over the place look is still pretty impressive. Hopefully someday, somehow skateboarding will come back to Love Park.

All that seemed really serious, so we’ll end with this…

At least Tom Knox finally found a free minute in his schedule of writing me hate mail and got his shit together and is running for mayor. Hey, bring skateboarding back to Love Park, thanks.