Neighbor portraits

Tez Carter, 25, sits on top of his 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the driveway of the house he rents at 204 Bellefontaine St. Photo by Taylor Ellis.

Tez Carter, 25, sits on top of his 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass in the driveway of the house he rents at 204 Bellefontaine St. Photo by Taylor Ellis.

Marquis Foster, 25, sits on the porch of the house he rents at 204 Bellefontaine St.  He was born in Bristol Place but moved with his family to Tennessee when he was 2 years old, returning when he was in "seventh or eighth grade." Foster is an aspiring rapper who says he wants his music is to "represent for this community, here." Photo by Eric Placek.

Marquis Foster, 25, sits on the porch of the house he rents at 204 Bellefontaine St.  He was born in Bristol Place but moved with his family to Tennessee when he was 2 years old, returning when he was in “seventh or eighth grade.” Foster is an aspiring rapper who says he wants his music is to “represent for this community, here.” Photo by Eric Placek.

Loretta Williams embraces her 2-year-old grandson, Ty'Vontis, at their home on East Roper Street. Ty'Vontis has suffered from respiratory problems and seizures since birth, Loretta said.. "He's just getting over a bout of bronchitis." She has spent much of her adult life in Bristol Place, moving in and out three times. "I can always come back here and have somewhere to live." Photo by Evan Lyman.

Loretta Williams embraces her 2-year-old grandson, Ty’Vontis, at their home on East Roper Street. Ty’Vontis has suffered from respiratory problems and seizures since birth, Loretta said.. “He’s just getting over a bout of bronchitis.” She has spent much of her adult life in Bristol Place, moving in and out three times. “I can always come back here and have somewhere to live.” Photo by Evan Lyman.

Linda Hines, a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, 110 East Roper St., praises God during a Sunday church service on Oct. 7, 2012. Photo by Latifah Al-Hazza.

Linda Hines, a member of the Apostolic Faith Church, 110 East Roper St., praises God during a Sunday church service on Oct. 7, 2012. Photo by Latifah Al-Hazza.

Juanita Moody, 92, has lived in this house at 106 Bellefontaine St. since 2003. Photo by Delphine Dargegen.

Juanita Moody, 92, has lived in this house at 106 Bellefontaine St. since 2003. Photo by Delphine Dargegen.

Jamonte Williams, 11, practices basketball in front of his home at 105 E. Roper St. He is ranked 11th in Illinois' Amateur Athletic Union basketball age bracket, and, according to his mother Sheena Williams, is also an "A" student. Photo by Steven McRae.

Jamonte Williams, 11, practices basketball in front of his home at 105 E. Roper St. He is ranked 11th in Illinois’ Amateur Athletic Union basketball age bracket, and, according to his mother Sheena Williams, is also an “A” student. Photo by Steven McRae.

Gail and Mike Shivers sit on the swing in the backyard of their home at 206 E. Roper St. During 26 years together, they raised five children in the home. Photo by Michelle Fleishman.

Gail and Mike Shivers sit on the swing in the backyard of their home at 206 E. Roper St. During 26 years together, they raised five children in the home. Photo by Michelle Fleishman.

Erma Ballard in the shoe repair shop she and her late husband established in their home at 108 E. Garwood St. 50 years ago. She continues to work in the shop daily. Photo by Briana Daniels.

Erma Ballard in the shoe repair shop she and her late husband established in their home at 108 E. Garwood St. 50 years ago. She continues to work in the shop daily. Photo by Briana Daniels.

Chad Sullivan bought this house at 119 E. Roper St. in April 2011. He originally began renovating the house as an investment, but now says he plans to live in Bristol Place as long as possible. Photo by Bob Merlo.

Chad Sullivan bought this house at 119 E. Roper St. in April 2011. He originally began renovating the house as an investment, but now says he plans to live in Bristol Place as long as possible. Photo by Bob Merlo.

Candice Jackson, 20, with her son Gary, 8 months, and daughter Lily, 2, in the living room of their home at 1307 N. Clock St. Jackson said being a single mother is "hard sometimes, but when you see them smile, you know it'€™s worth it." Photo by Sonia Kurniawan.

Candice Jackson, 20, with her son Gary, 8 months, and daughter Lily, 2, in the living room of their home at 1307 N. Clock St. Jackson said being a single mother is “hard sometimes, but when you see them smile, you know it’€™s worth it.” Photo by Sonia Kurniawan.

Bishop Morris P. Lockett, pastor of New House of Prayer, 205 E. Garwood St., stands in front of a window of the chapel. In late 2011, a bullet passed through the window, across the altar where he often preaches, and through a window on the opposite side of the building. "If it would have been a Sunday, I would have been shot." Photo by Alyssa Ullrich.

Bishop Morris P. Lockett, pastor of New House of Prayer, 205 E. Garwood St., stands in front of a window of the chapel. In late 2011, a bullet passed through the window, across the altar where he often preaches, and through a window on the opposite side of the building. “If it would have been a Sunday, I would have been shot.” Photo by Alyssa Ullrich.

Andrew "Memphis" Washington, 62, on the porch of 113 Bellefontaine St., a house he shares with his grandson. Photo by Kevin Dollear.

Andrew “Memphis” Washington, 62, on the porch of 113 Bellefontaine St., a house he shares with his grandson. Photo by Kevin Dollear.