The smell of a charcoal grill wafted through the air at Peace Park on State Street Thursday afternoon.

A group of about 10 people, many experiencing homelessness, sat on crates and other objects, chatting with each other in the back corner of the space.

Some had possessions in suitcases or bags. A few bikes lined the back fence of the encampment. A cardboard box served as a makeshift table. A tarp hung up in a tree provided some protection from the elements.

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