Questions arise about transportation for residents of new project

By Lauren Rohr/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — Future residents of a new affordable housing site in west Champaign who don’t own a car may have trouble getting around town because of limited public transportation access. The Housing Authority of Champaign County’s newest mixed-income housing development, Providence at Thornberry, is being built in the Turnberry Ridge subdivision on the far west side of Champaign. Currently, the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District offers one route that services that location — the pink route — during the day on weekdays. But the pink route, which runs between the Duncan and Crestridge and the Country Fair bus stops, does not run after 7 p.m. or during the weekends. Esther Patt, director of the Champaign-Urbana Tenant Union, said she worries that tenants of the new development will have trouble getting around the Champaign-Urbana area and could struggle to efficiently get to work or to the store.

Touring through central Illinois in a Model A Ford is trip down memory lane

Alison Marcotte/For CU-CitizenAccess.org — In 2012, Steve Holt looked at a 1931 Model A Standard Tudor Sedan that was for sale in Danville, Ill. He already owned a 1950 Buick, but he wanted to experience an older car. After driving around in it, he bought the Ford Model A with a cashier’s check and drove it home. “When I first bought it, I realized I owned an 81-year-old car, and I knew I was getting into quite an adventure,” Holt laughed. Today, Holt drives his 1931 Model A Standard Tudor Sedan along with the other members of the Prairie A’s Antique Ford Club, an east-central Illinois club consisting of about 36 members interested in Ford Model As and Model Ts.

Latinos cited more than others for driving without a license

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein/Hoy — Latinos in Urbana and Champaign make up 5 and 6 percent of the population, respectively, and, from 2007 to 2011, about the same proportion of the cities’ total citations and arrests. But there’s one violation in which Latinos are heavily overrepresented: failing to have a drivers license. In both cities, Latinos made up at least 32 percent of the drivers cited for this violation, according to an Hoy analysis of arrest data. In Champaign, it was 880 of 2,725, or 32 percent, of such citations. In Urbana, the figure was 357 of 1,038, or 34 percent.