May 5, 2013

Bristol Place Speaks: Starting Again

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By Evan Lyman — Loretta Williams has moved in and out of Bristol Place three times.

She currently lives on Roper Street, taking care of her 3-year-old grandson, Ty’Vontis, whom she has looked after since he was 4 months old. On Feb. 26, 2013, Loretta officially became Ty’Vontis’ mother after nearly three years of court processes and DCFS evaluations.

While Loretta says she has doubts about starting over in a new neighborhood, she says she “knows (she) will be okay.”

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.