Month: February 2016

Woodruff Park Playground


Photo taken by: Destiny Dickens

This is the playground for kids in the park. According to the sign nearby, it is only for kids 12 and under. Also, they have to be with an adult. It is interesting because it spells out “ATL”

Woodruff Park Fountain (2 of 2)


Panoramic Photo was taken by: Destiny Dickens


Click the link to see a video of the fountain: 20160212_155721

Video was taken by: Destiny Dickens


Woodruff Park Fountain (1 of 2)


Photo was taken by: Destiny Dickens


This fountain is located in on the end of Woodruff Park that is across from 25 Park Place. It is a great place to take a picture! 🙂

Woodruff Park Observations/Notes (for B.E.D.)


These are the notes I took when I went to observe Woodruff Park. There are also thoughts and comments that I had based on the things that I saw or experienced while I was there.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:36 pm

Observations/Notes: Thoughts/Comments:
A man is jogging past the water fountain that curves along a wall (across from Starbucks) Maybe that’s his normal route he uses for jogging daily of weekly
Little boy playing at the playground by himself He looks about 5 or 6; not a lot of kids his age come to the park (he could be an only child or have older siblings)
A group of men near the gazebo thing beside the construction site It’s a very large group; most of them look homeless (maybe all of them are)
There are people walking through/past the park with backpacks They might be students at GSU; Some of them might have a class in Aderhold
A guy with a dog on the leash Maybe he brings his dog here all the time
A man, woman, and little girl The little girls looks around 3 or 4
There’s a security camera above the curved fountain that is across from Starbucks To keep watch over the area
I just heard a man shout “Aye girl!” I thing he was talking to me but I’m not going to find out
Lots of trees To provide shade
The playground is shaped like the letters “ATL” It looks really cool

Time: 3:50 – 4:17 pm

Observations/Notes: Thoughts/Comments:
I smell coffee Probably because I’m the one drinking it
Near the gazebo thing men are shouting I don’t know what they are saying. It sounds/looks like two of them are arguing (don’t know what about). It would make a great video but I don’t want to anger them further by recording them (probably not the best time to ask permission)
The grassy area of the park doesn’t have many people Probably because it’s a Friday and many people don’t have class or because it’s getting chilly again and the sun is going away . It’s usually a lot of GSU students walking through the park to get to Aderhold
I keep seeing this same man everywhere I go in the park. When I turn around he is there behind me from a distance. Hope it’s not the same man that yelled “aye girl!” at me. Hope he’s not following me
Security guard nearby At least the park is somewhat safe; probably depends on the time of the day
A woman pacing back and forth talking on the phone  —
A person bundled up in several layers of blankets Not sure if they’re a woman or man; their face is covered; maybe they are homeless
A man is doing a handstand on what looks like a pull-up bar (he’s using it as a pull-up bar) Maybe this is what he normally does on Fridays or every day; it looks
Mostly older men in the area They look middle-aged or older; appear to be homeless
The park is not a busy as usual Not a lot of people here; it’s not usually very full around this time on Fridays and the weekend; or it could just be today
I hear the water falling at the fountain It’s a nice, relaxing sound
There is another fountain closer to the main part of the park It’s a good spot to take a picture; both fountains are nice
There is a man sitting near the fountain I think he just scowled at me (oh well)
Sign saying “all pets must be on a leash” and “please clean up after your pet. Pet waste transmits disease” Makes sense; wouldn’t want to step in dog poop; also didn’t know that it transmits disease
Sign with playground guidelines I wonder who actually reads it
Another sign with rules and regulations for the entire park. It also has the times when the park is closed and says that the park is a drug free zone Probably a drug free zone because it has a kids playground ; I wonder if some of the people stay during the closed hours

Other thoughts/comments:

  • Even though the park isn’t really busy, there are still a few interesting things going on
  • This park is fairly large with different aspects
  • It is easy to see that there are several different uses fro this park

Analyzing the Usefulness of a Website for Eng. 1102- Class Notes 2/11/16

Authors Research team
Purpose To compose convincing analysis of the built environment of Atlanta

  1. Gather evidence
    • Primary Research
    • Secondary Research

Things to look at when setting up your blog and creating posts:

image comes from:

image comes from:

  1. Scholarly posts (Linguistic)
    • Tone – higher b/c (Specific)
    • Cites sources (correctly)
    • Quotations + paraphrase
    • Specificity- titles , tags***
    • Fonts (posts and entire site)
  2. Visuals
    • Relevance/ Appropriate
    • Cited & labeled
    • Links
    • Where they are in the post?(spatial)
    • Expression?
      • Who is the audience?
        1. Is the theme appropriate for type of people viewing the site?
  3. Sound/Video
    • Makes the site more interesting to viewers


“Ethics of Collecting Sources and Assets”- Things to Think About When Doing Research

      1. Copyright Copyright_symbol_9
        1. pay attention to the copy rights because of the background info of the source.
        2. Make sure you cite your sources
      2. Fair-use
        1. Not taking everything from the source
        2. Using the source for the purpose of gaining information
      3. Permission
        1. Make sure you can use the source
          1. Contact the person that has provided the source to make sure you can use it
        2. Taking pictures of people
          1. Make sure you have their consent
      4. Creative Commons


        1. Non-profit organization that gives authors control over how their work is used
        2. It also lets you license your own work after you have completed a project

Source: Arola, Kristin L., Cheryl E. Ball, and Jennifer Sheppard. Writer/designer: A guide to making multi-modal projects. Macmillan Higher Education, 2014.


BY: Destiny, Nancy, and Shakira

Enabling Comments on Your Blog

Just a few quick steps!

(click on images to enlarge)

Step 1: Log in to your site. Then in the upper left hover the mouse over your blog name and then click on “Dashboard”

Step 1 correct

Step 2: On the left side of the screen, go to “Settings”, which will be near the bottom. Then click on “Discussion”

Step 2 (new)

Step 3: Go to the section labeled “Before a Comment Appears” and uncheck the boxes beside “Comment must be manually approved” and “Comment author must have a previously approved comment”. Then scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Changes”.

Step 3


Step 4

Then you’re done! 🙂

Key Word Search Terms



Here are some of the key words I used to search in the library database and Google Scholar:

  • “Woodruff park” and “history
  • “Woodruff park” and “homeless”
  • “Homeless in Atlanta” and “Woodruff Park”
  • “Homeless in urban parks”

Library Resources

Library North 4th Floor

Library North 4th Floor   Jaret, Charles., Robert M. Adelman, Research Atlanta (Firm), and Georgia State University. Policy Research Center. Homelessness in Metro Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga.: Research Atlanta, 1997. Print.

Library North 4th Floor Webb, Philip. Homeless Lives in American Cities: Interrogating Myth and Locating Community. First edition. 2014. Print.

Library North 4th Floor
Webb, Philip. Homeless Lives in American Cities: Interrogating Myth and Locating Community. First edition. 2014. Print.

Annotated Bibliography 2 (unit one)

Mathiowetz, Dianne. “Atlanta Remembers Troy Davis on Sept. 21.” Text. Workers World. N.p., 13 Sept. 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.

Dianne Mathiowetz, Co-Coodinator and Representative of IAC (International Action Center) in Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition, a network for organizations and individuals that advocate for global justice and peace, in her article, “Atlanta Remembers Troy Davis on Sept. 21” gives insight on the case of Troy Anthony Davis in 2011 and its effect on the community around him and in his hometown. She explains that he was given the death sentence for a crime that he did not commit. Then she gives information on the protests and rallies conducted in honor of Troy Davis. Mathiowetz, continues with scheduled dates for a protest and march during that time. She also provided examples of how Davis was honored, like changing Woodruff Park’s name to Troy Davis Park. This article was written with the purpose of raising awareness to social injustices in Georgia, specifically Atlanta, and to encourage the members of this community was to join the cause and is a useful source to someone seeking information on the community’s involvement with social justice issues.

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