Like a tropical island amid an ominous ocean, a skate shop can be a safe haven. People don’t show up there merely to buy boards, shoes or other gear (though that’s what keeps Asheville’s two downtown skate shops afloat).
Aficionados also gather to watch videos, share stories and just enjoy being surrounded by the trappings of their sport.
Lately, however, a new conversation is cropping up among skateboarders, as more and more find themselves nailed for violating the city’s skateboard ordinance and brought before the recently established Nuisance Court.
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