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Matt Balazia

By Matt Balazia and Brooklynn Johnson

Rattleback Records Storefront. (Photo taken by Pete Barker)

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of daily life ranging from personal goals, to career paths, to business profits.

Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, known for its unique culture and local businesses, was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and has struggled to persevere.

With a focus on local businesses that help create Andersonville’s unique ambiance, COVID-19 has threatened the nature of these local businesses through profit loss and precautions. Andersonville’s main shopping strip is located on Clark Street, and is filled with a plethora of boutiques, restaurants, bars, bakeries, and local retailers.

More specifically, popular brunch…


By Andrea Vazquez and Matt Balazia

Number of Potholes Patched (GoogleMyMaps by Matt Balazia)

The spring season brings in the rise of construction projects all throughout the city as potholes begin to bloom in the streets like flowers in a garden.

Several commuters throughout the city understand how much of a nuisance potholes can be while maneuvering throughout the city. According to the Chicago Data Portal, the city averages more than 100 potholes patched per week. The city considers the months of December to April to be the prime of “pothole season.”

Google Trends of “311 Chicago” and “Potholes” (Graphic by Matt Balazia)

However, several parts of the city remain untouched…


Data showcasing how the three most populated U.S. cities have been impacted by COVID-19 in regard to their populations.

The United States has been largely impacted by COVID-19, totaling over 29 million cases on March 15, 2021, CDC says. The current population of United States is 330,139,614 according to the U.S. Census.

Of those cases, the CDC has confirmed 532,355 deaths due to COVID-19.

The three current largest cities in the United States are New York city with 8.366 million people, Los Angeles with 3.979 million people, and Chicago with 2.693 million people. Totaling those populations, 15.010 million people make…


A map detailing all recorded Chicago traffic accidents by neighborhood from March 5, 2021 to early morning March 7, 2021 showcases the astronomical amount of recorded traffic accidents with amounts of damage.

Map of Chicago traffic accidents detailing contributing reasons and amount of damage.

According to data collected by the City of Chicago, over 349 traffic accidents have occurred in Chicago neighborhoods over the course of three days. With a stigma or aggressive drivers, Chicago Data Portal provides evidence of neighborhood traffic accidents that reiterates the stigma.

By neighborhood, recorded traffic accidents vary, but nearly no neighborhood is left untouched with all but three Chicago neighborhoods presenting a clean slate.

Areas of the city with the least amount of traffic accidents appear to be neighborhoods including Back of the Yards, Garfield Ridge…


Line Chart showcasing increase in Chicago Pride attendance.

Chicago Pride sees a yearly increase in traffic and celebration as LGBTQ+ community unifies and celebrates.

June proves to be a month for the Chicago LGBTQ+ community as data supports a yearly increase in Chicago Pride attendance from 1985 to 2014. Providing a space for unity and support, Chicago pride is a staple of Chicago.

LGTBQ+ Pride events like these celebrate the events that occurred in New York at the Stonewall Riot pushing for rights for LGBTQ+ individuals.

The graphic showcases the increase of attendance at Chicago Pride with an estimated 35,000 in 1985, to 450,000 in 2010 and…


Google Trends data supports search results for Joe Biden are more prominent than Donald Trump around important election dates. Searches for Facebook News remain in the lead when compared to searches for news on other social media sites, Google Trends says.

Searches for Biden trump Searches for Trump Around Important Election Dates

During the 2020 Election year, the presence of the political race dominated social media and online news. With two very different candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, running against each other in the election for President of the United States, the commentary on their campaigns, online presence, message and power were nearly impossible to miss.

According to an analysis of Google Trends data, search terms for “Joe Biden” peaked over search terms for “Donald Trump” around dates of November 3rd, the election, and January 20th, the Inauguration.

Search Term Results for Joe Biden versus Donald Trump

The data shows, however, that although searches for Biden peak around very important…


Gov. Pat Quinn visits DePaul University to discuss Financial Aid and how it is being harmed by pension reform.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo/Bob Smith)

By Bob Smith

Editor’s note: This story was originally posted on Dec. 12, 2012 and is housed at RedLineProject.org

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students…

Matt Balazia

Candidate for B.A. in Communication, University of Illinois at Chicago, Associate Experience Team Lead for Amazon Fresh.

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