Not Just Skating By

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in All Together Now

For years, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has ranted about wanting to build a skate plaza: a skate park integrated into the urban environment as a landscaped, multi-use public space. When he got word in 2002 that his hometown of Kettering, Ohio, was planning a skate park, he saw his chance.

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  Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, at home in Los Angeles.
    Skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, at home in Los Angeles.
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  "It's used 100 percent of the time, by the entire city," Dyrdek says of the Kettering Skate Plaza. "It's not even as exclusive as a tennis court."
    "It's used 100 percent of the time, by the entire city," Dyrdek says of the Kettering Skate Plaza. "It's not even as exclusive as a tennis court."
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