A new phenomenon is sweeping the globe as housing foreclosures render thousands of dwellings vacant and ‘of no use’ according to two dimensional economics. Skateboarders are draining the vacant swimming pools and using them to skate in. The NY Times reports that:
“We have more pools than we know what to do with,” said Mr. Peacock, who lives in Fresno, the Central Valley city where thousands of homes, many with pools behind them, are in foreclosure. “I can’t even keep track of them all anymore.”
Across the nation, the ultimate symbol of suburban success has become one more reminder of the economic meltdown, with builders going under, pools going to seed and skaters finding a surplus of deserted pools in which to perfect their acrobatic aerials.
Skaters are coming to places like Fresno from as far as Germany and Australia. Mr. Peacock said his floor and couch were covered by sleeping bags of visiting skateboarders each weekend.
“God bless Greenspan,” the post read, “patron saint of pool skatin’.”
Unfortunately for most of us, but perhaps luckily for skaters, the economic policies being implemented will ensure pools and homes remain vacant for longer than they should. Nothing has been learnt from Greenspan’s failure. The pools of opportunity held to ransom by bailout economics is keeping the wealth amongst the elite and trapping the unemployed in the shanty towns popping up under highways throughout America and the world.
Land prices should be encouraged to fall back to reasonable levels so that business can re-start, wages can be paid and then workers can move back into houses. In short, less should be spent on rent, more on business start up and wages thanks.
In another display of creativity, the youthful show the way in Afghanistan with Skateistan, where Earthsharing supporter Sharna Nolan has been busy working on a skating school for the youth of Kabul. Written up in the Age today, Sharna explains how important it is for young people to have some enjoyment in life as a way out of the horrors of a war torn country:
Ms Nolan said of the eager pupils, with as many girls as boys: “Skateboarding has given them a chance to be children and to smile.”
Land was donated to help set up the skateboarding school.
In both cases the importance of natural resources plays a central role in the lives of future generations. Afghanistan’s oil pipelines and California’s foreclosed properties could be be better managed if the community received a share of the natural bounty of the land, rather than being left for the vested interests of speculators, banks and oil merchants. Such a tax shift off our incomes and onto land and natural resources would publicise our interest in these key resources, rather than leaving the profits open for lobbyocracy pundits to channel their way. Then we would have three dimensional economics.