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    Stratford is a tale of two malls: on the one side, fancy Westfield with its high-end fashion chains, oyster bars and craft beer brewery, while on the other side of the tracks, the Stratford Centre still popular, despite the attention lavished on its glamorous new neighbour.

    Every night the older mall undergoes a transformation, swapping the hum of shoppers for the swish of skaters, rollerbladers, bikers and street dancers.

    From around 5pm an eclectic community appears; made up of people from all backgrounds students, project managers and salespersons, and aged 15 to 35 they gather to celebrate their passion for skating. Some skaters are complete beginners, others already semi-pro, but most of them somewhere in between.

    The rollerbladers tend to stick to the west side of the mall, rehearsing amid loud music playing from portable music systems, a sharp contrast with the weird classical music playing over the mall speakers.
    Talking To Stratford's DIY Shopping Mall Skaters | Londonist

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    But what does the security have to say about it? Surprise surprise! They are very happy with the kids being around. “It’s much better for them to be here than outside and tempted by gangs”, a security madam tells me. “And we have CCTVs so everybody feels safe here”, she adds. They way she and her colleagues watch the skaters is sincere, and even maternal…
    Stratford Centre – Skaters Heaven | The Accidental Photographer

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