With the music and dancing it sounds like there's a party going on down there! Now I can see why city hall wants to shut it down, too much fun.
Louis lives on the Southside, but loves hanging out in the park. He is literally one of the most popular and well liked guys in the area. It helps that he is handsome (though short) and swaggery in that kind of charming latin way. He and the other alpha family guys are incredibly protective of the older women, and when the occasional drifter comes through the park with a mean streak and begins intimidating or upsetting the Mamas, they make it very clear that the man has to leave the area.
It was actually a bit like the islands with the young women dancing under the skyway last night. The old, leathery men and posing shirtless younger men standing up against the retaining wall and watching and talking.
I was very impressed with the cop who came over to address the crowd. He was a nice, jocular guy who was clearly respected by the group.
He came over to talk about a fight that had happened earlier, to make sure that there weren't any lingering resentments or problems. Apparently two girls had gotten into a fight with a male. Someone got a trespassing warrant at the park and either one or two people were taken to jail. There was the kind of general humor in the group conversation----you know, the same kind whenever two girls go apeshit and decide to beat the crap out of someone--usually each other, but apparently in this case, a hapless male was the object of the beat down. Everyone thought the whole situation was 'CRAZY': A little shocking, but unsurprising considering the circumstances.
Unfortunately I was already engrossed in a conversation with GoldenEst about establishing legitimacy with your art portfolio to catch the entire conversation. But the cop was a savvy, friendly community policeman type----really the kind of policeman that the core could use a lot more of. And once he had satisfied himself that there wasn't anything carrying over from the earlier fight, and had taken a mental note of everyone present, (including a surprised, immediately shut down reaction to my own presence) he went back about the business of checking the rest of his beat.