Building Kansas City Skate Community

Exceptional reporting from our 2nd favorite local mag on how hipsters and skaters have created a low-cost alternative to the Crossroads without trying to force neighbors out or spike property taxes. Take a look:

How Harrison Street's DIY skatepark turned a blighted, vacant lot into a local treasure

Photography by Chase CastorIt all started with the Jersey barriers. In November 2014, the Housing Authority of Kansas City was looking to assuage neighbor complaints about illicit activity on a vacant lot next to a cul-de-sac that led to an abandoned housing project. The city installed cement barriers to keep vehicles off the lot.