Street Note

Street Note:
Las Mismas Cuatro Personas, The Same Four People 
by Esperanza Gonzalez

​Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals.

In partnership with educator Joshua Block, students from Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy are creating and publishing their Philadelphia Field Notes. This is a field note from Esperanza Gonzalez based on the same four people she waits for the bus with everyday.



The same four people

Await desperately for the bus to arrive to their destination

The same four people

Share nothing in common but the urge to get moving

The same four people


The first person always wears chucks and a nice t-shirt

And gosh I wouldn’t mind to flirt either

He has nice brown hair and a blue bag

And trust me you’ll never see him brag


The second person always holds the hand of her child

She’s a hardworking brown skin woman with a touch of wild

Her child always wears his uniform faithfully

Inside the bus, he would always lend her his seat graciously


The fourth person always plugs in his headphones and zones into his loud hard music

Surprisingly always carries around something exclusive

One day it was a limited edition Ralph Lauren white baseball cap

I wonder how his future story will unwrap


The same four people

Yet all different in their own ways

Share the same place as home

Philly, it’s Philly the land they praise


Street Notes
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