May 5, 2013

Bristol Place Speaks: A personal housing project

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By Bob Merlo — Chad Sullivan is an aspiring carpenter and real estate investor. When Chad purchased his first home in 2011, he chose Bristol Place, a neighborhood with some of the lowest real estate value in Champaign. Hoping to turn a profit and launch his career, Chad spends his time and money preparing the home for resale.

This project is the culmination of 15 University of Illinois students’ work during fall 2012 as part of the multimedia reporting course taught by Professor Charles “Stretch” Ledford. The students followed their subjects and reported on their lives throughout the Champaign’s decision-making about the fate of the Bristol Place neighborhood. The students did not aim to include this in their reporting, however. They simply wanted to tell the tales of the neighborhood’s residents. To read more, visit Bristol Place Speaks.