ARCHIVE 2001-2008: 2004 - SOUTHTOWN: j017

Mike Morales, 14, kisses Marcy Hartley, 15, while painting over the 'spit wall' at the indoor skate park of Skanks Skates. {quote}I like coming down here because Mike like's it, and I also like hanging out down here,{quote} Hartley said. While skateboarders, BMX bikers, and rollerbladers ride the ramps some use this wall as a kind of phlegm bucket. Skanks provides a safe place for neighborhood youth to skateboard and hangout. {quote}It's what this neighborhood needs more of,{quote} 12th street resident James Hunt said. {quote}Places like Skanks keep kids off the streets, so they have something to do besides sit around all day or get into trouble.{quote}

Mike Morales, 14, kisses Marcy Hartley, 15, while painting over the 'spit wall' at the indoor skate park of Skanks Skates. "I like coming down here because Mike like's it, and I also like hanging out down here," Hartley said. While skateboarders, BMX bikers, and rollerbladers ride the ramps some use this wall as a kind of phlegm bucket. Skanks provides a safe place for neighborhood youth to skateboard and hangout. "It's what this neighborhood needs more of," 12th street resident James Hunt said. "Places like Skanks keep kids off the streets, so they have something to do besides sit around all day or get into trouble."