By Steve Rodriguez
It is time for San Diego leaders and the local community of Linda Vista to pursue an important distinction. A slim window of option is at this time open to “skate” down that route and claim nationwide (and it’s possible even earth) fame.
In an attempt to optimize tax revenue, San Diego’s metropolis governing administration at first prepared to close Linda Vista’s well-liked Skateworld roller skating rink and have a developer swap the city-owned home with a Concentrate on store. This prepare would have enabled Linda Vista to brag that it hosted just one of 1,800 Goal shops in the place. Fortuitously, that original system has been set on keep. Nearby citizens protested this strategy, arguing in favor of retaining the skating rink (as a valued aspect of Linda Vista heritage and a enjoyment relatives-oriented enterprise), although selecting to reject the dubious bragging legal rights associated with being 1 of 1,800.
In April, San Diego City Council members listened to these protests, and voted to at the time all over again open up up the bidding approach for the house, so providing yet another opportunity for Skateworld to stay in business enterprise. I am hopeful for Skateworld’s survival. But why stop at mere survival of a skating location? What I suggest is a far grander ambition for Linda Vista, a person that is presently in the grasp of this community—that of remaining the Skating Funds of the United States.
Terms like gentrification and densification carry a chill to the hearts of those spot people who yearn for a time when San Diego communities had been much less crowded, significantly less highly-priced, and much easier to navigate. Even so, I boldly advise the phrase densification is in fact what San Diego leaders must be thinking of when developing an alternate strategy for Linda Vista. No, I am not speaking about packing in more condos or strip malls. Linda Vista doesn’t have to have that form of densification. I’m pondering of densification in a more constructive mild.
In the spirit of civic satisfaction and excellent previous-fashioned entertaining, what I suggest is to capitalize on a single of Linda Vistas latest strengths—skating! Certainly, this is the time to praise Skateworld, not to bury it. The even further densification of skating in Linda Vista could place this local community on the map—making it even additional of a spot spot for skaters and officially cementing Linda Vista as the U.S. skating mecca.
With Skateworld even now open, I believe Linda Vista is just one location absent from being the skating capital of the United States. It is by now so close to earning that distinction, for in the space of a mile Linda Vista at this time has a well-liked skating rink (Skateworld) and the largest skateboard park (Linda Vista Skate Park) in California. How several other communities in the U.S can brag about that truth? But that’s apparently not ample to declare fame in this Kardashian celeb-fueled planet. Linda Vista demands 1 a lot more kind of skating institution to make its mark. The all-crucial triple crown of skating can be accomplished with the institution of a Linda Vista ice skating rink!
When studying on the World wide web, I learned no one community promises to be the countrywide skating money. Positive, there are towns like Portland or Los Angeles that rightly or wrongly claim to be skateboarding capitals. And quite a few chilly towns brag of remaining ice skating capitals. But what these locales lack is skating flexibility and density. I am self-confident that if a Linda Vista ice skating rink had been to be constructed, no other community could boast of getting 3 this sort of various skating venues in such a small geographic place.
Where would this ice skating rink come from? I am certain there are civic minded folks or companies able of actively playing a job in building and running this location, especially if it operated exclusively on a seasonal basis. Such a rink by now operates at Liberty Station in the course of the holiday getaway time as a fundraising opportunity for Rady Children’s Clinic. Nevertheless, the continued operation of Skateworld continues to be important to small ol’ Linda Vista pursuing the title of Skating Cash of the U.S. (and perhaps the world).
If have to have be, let’s fail to remember about the term densification and all of its destructive connotations, and get started working with the phrase skateification to describe what demands to be done to set Linda Vista on the map!
Steve Rodriguez is a retired Maritime Corps officer and significant university teacher who final taught at Olympian Significant School in Chula Vista.
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