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Ghetto Banks (Birmingham, AL)
This legendary Birmingham skate spot is situated right in the heart of the projects in the city's Southside area. No one knows how long this spot has been around or who discovered it first. The banks are actually part of a "recreational" area that was built in the housing projects for the children to roller skate around (hence the loop/track appearance). The banks are actually the "wall" that separates the track from the land next to it. Since their discovery, the Ghetto Banks have appeared in many skate videos and are a "must skate" spot for any pros passing through town. At around 3 1/2 foot high, the banks actually go to vert! (in some places, there is actually an inch or two of true vert) In addition to braving the tight transition, one must also take care to stay aware of their surroundings at all times. It is best to skate here in a group, if at all. Be respectful of the residents, but keep your guard up (ie. allow the children to "test out" your skate if asked, but keep your wits about you). There have been some inccidents that involved residents and outsiders, so be warned.

Overhead shot

Griffin working a feeble fakie on the tight transition
  • Park in or around the Nick (night club).
  • Follow the road that runs alongside the Nick and you will run right into them. (There are other ways to get there, but this is the safest without walking or driving through the projects.)