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posted by Barker at 6:03 PM
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This video is really interesting. The "ninja" demonstrates how people are able to interact with the architectural surroundings of the metropolis instead of being consumed by it. However, such demonstrations may be limited due to the restrictions, which may be rightly justified, imposed by the metropolis. This is clearly evident at the corner of Hoskin and St. George (i.e. in front of Ramsay Wright Labs), where skateboarding, rollerblading, and bike stunts are prohibited on the concrete structures. The activities are restricted by the metal bars that were added a couple of years ago. Although the prohibition may be justified because there are a lot of students moving through the area and therefore the school does not want anyone getting injured, this restriction illustrates the limited availability of space in the city for recreation. This is in contrast to the suburbs where there are skateboarding and rollerblading parks in abundance. Hence, there is little interaction between people and their architectural surroundings in the metropolis than compared to the suburbs.
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