The new Web Urbanist continues to be edgy and interesting
This is the sort of thing you'd expect to see in an arts-friendly city like Providence: Spontaneous Urban Gatherings: From Subway Parties to Pillow Fights.
A popular article on unusually legal street art prompted some of our readers to inquire about organizing or attending flash mob events. The internet has, fortunately, made the organization of these urban events a whole lot easier. However, flash mobs aren’t just about gathering at a store to stare at a carpet.
And I learned a new word: Parkour and Free Running: Amazing Urban Acrobatics and Building Jumping.
Parkour, at Wikipedia:
Parkour (sometimes abbreviated to PK) or l'art du déplacement (English: the art of displacement) is recreational activity of French origin, the aim of which is to move from point A to point B as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment — from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls — and can be practiced in both rural and urban areas. Male parkour practitioners are recognized as traceurs and female as traceuses
Parkour emphasizes efficiency of movement, while free runners focus on fluidity and elegance. Parkour has its origins in gymnastics and martial arts, combining movements from each and applying them to urban settings. Free running evolved as an offshot of parkour, adding elements of harmony and style to basically strict utility.
...many people have seen parkour in movies without realizing the stunts are being performed without digital editing or other behind-the-scenes trickery. Know of related links or resources? Feel free to add them below!
It's interesting to watch the movies there knowing that this isn't Hollywood bonebreaking-for-pay but "an art or discipline that resembles self-defense in the martial arts."