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1 Field Notes Belo Park – 12:06pm May 24, 2017 6 people First enter the park. They weather is in the low 70’s and nice and breezy. The smell of chlorine fills the air from the water fountains. I find my seat in the middle of the park so I have the best views of what is going on all around me. There is a man to my let people watching, he’s Hispanic, casually dressed, mid to late 20’s. There is another man way to my left in the shaded tree area walking two dogs, he’s Caucasian, mid to late 30’s There is a man to my right on the next bench facing toward me, leaning over counting his money discreetly; there is a lot of money. He’s black, wearing a jacket and hat, has a 7/11 bag. Lastly, there is a couple with their young daughter, maybe 5 sitting NE of me. They young girl is playing in the water. They are a Hispanic family, all dress casually. The man walking his two dogs walks past me to exit the park on the opposite end, his dog stops and sniffs my foot and leg, I give a gentle smile, he tells the dog to ‘come on’ and they walk away Upon entering the park I was very surprised that everyone in the park seemed to have money and a place they call home. That wasn’t on the streets. Everyone was dressed well. When I had first come to the park a year ago it was empty with all but one homeless man in search of a meal, so I expected the same thing this time. Perhaps the nice weather had something to do with it. We made eye contact while he was counting money and he noticed me jotting things down, he would look up at me from time to time, but I didn’t acknowledge him. -maybe in the future if this happen I could stop and explain what I am doing and see if they would be willing to talk about their thoughts of the homeless people who use this park or how often they themselves use this park. Arrow indicates where I was sitting
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2 Homeless girl enters the park to my far right and sits just E of me on the next bench over from the couple with the young girl. She looks dirty, wearing grey sweatpants that are at least three sizes too big, a black shirt, no shoes and her hair is long down her back and a mess. Once she sits down she puts her legs to her chest and is looking around. Once the couple with the young girl sees her, they call to their daughter and leave The man who was counting money packs up and leaves as well. Two college aged girls sit across the park from me on a bench, they are Hispanic and are speaking Spanish and giggling, they take a couple selfies and leave. Homeless girl moves from her bench to the hill directly across from me, she has a backpack and no shoes on, the bottom of her sweats are now lined with water from crossing the fountains. I would like to go speak to her now, but I suddenly feel nervous. She lies down on the grassy hill.
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