Wednesday, January 5, 2011


This may be the video from Elwood's "Northern Blues Tour" filmed and edited by Pretty pal, Mark Stewart, but we can be pretty certain no one was blue about them bringing their class act to our humble neck of the woods. It does make us blue that Saint Louis DIY mainstay, "The Tennis Courts" (colloquially known as, "The Courts", or, "Crack Corner" respectively) is going the way of the dinosaur. To those not educated in prehistory that means that The Tennis Courts are being bulldozed and are no longer skateable.

I'm not sure what will come of the space, and no offense to the neighborhood, but I can't imagine what useful or profitable enterprise could be instituted there other than a drive-thru crack cocaine window... maaaaaaybe a Rally's. Whatever it is let us hope that it also withers and dies so that it may again be over-run with homemade concrete play-obstacles.

I know that this is truly sad for all the people like myself who have skated and worked on the courts throughout the years. Let Mr. Kenny Anderson's line in the above video be the proverbial cherry on top of a long and joyous era of skateboarding in St. Louis.