Finally, a Safe Place to Do the Noseblunt Slide

Sean Peterson admits that his "desire to be creative can be destructive." The photographer, 29, from San Bernardino, Calif., has been arrested six times for his skateboarding activities--on charges ranging from trespassing to, most recently, skating without pads. As authorities across the country crack down on illegal street skating and push to make plazas skaterproof, a growing number of cities are creating spaces in which street skaters can do their acrobatics with impunity. There are already more than 1,000 of these skate parks, but they're getting overcrowded, and they typically lack the handrails and steps of city plazas that make popular...

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