Ramova Theatre, out of business since 1985.
Photo by Lauren Yard
By Alheli Garcia, Stephen Ruiz, and Lauren Yard
Bridgeport, a community of nearly 32,000 people located on the South Side, is known for its blue and white collar workmanship and diverse community developed nearly 200 years ago.
Neighborhoods in Bridgeport historically thrived mainly on local businesses including restaurants, convenience stores and department stores.
The once thriving community is now primarily filled with vacant storefronts as shown in the story map below. Due to a deteriorating economy, many storefronts are now vacant. This causes local market values to decrease significantly.
“Businesses were better back then, when the stores weren’t vacant here,” said Elaine Sakellariou, owner of George’s Restaurant located down the street from Guaranteed Rate Field. “All the kids in the neighborhood had a job back then and would start working at 14 years old. The storefronts were full; if you needed shoes or a dress for a party, there were stores to go to.”
By Alheli Garcia
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This Google Timelapse shows the increased infrastructure in the city of Dubai . The city has significantly expanded over the last 32 years.
Before the discovery of oil, Dubai was an isolated city surrounded by desert.According to Gulf News, oil was first discovered in Dubai in 1966 and its first oil exportation occurred in 1969. Two more oil fields were discovered in 1972 and 1973 increasing the city’s revenue. The government in Dubai created the first refinery that exported 120 ,000 barrels of oil a day in 1999. Finally, in 2007, Dubai claimed ownership of all gas and oil related projects including international negotiations with other oil companies.
Thanks in large part to the discovery of this natural resource resulting in Dubai’s prosperous economy, the city has drastically transformed its skyline attracting many tourists around the world. The government has invested the oil profits in tourism and infrastructure expanding the city area in the process. It is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa which stands 2,217 ft. high according to the Wall Street Journal. Another prominent attraction is the Palm Jumeirah consisting of artificial islands along the shore of Dubai. These islands become visible in the Timelapse starting in 2003.
Apart from its world famous infrastructure, Dubai has become a very diverse city due to its industrialization growth causing a massive influx of migrant workers. Additionally, diversity in the city increased when prime minister Sheikh Mohammed allowed a land reform allowing foreigners to own real estate. According to Next City, 96 percent of its population is foreign born.
By Alheli Garcia
This infographic provides a visual representation of statistics regarding the importance of religion in the United States. The collected data is based on interviews conducted as a part of Gallup Daily Tracking in 2016.The numbers show that religiosity varies by region, especially between the northern and southern states were the difference is significant.
This graph portrays homicide statistics in the city of Chicago. The largest number of homicides occurred in 1992 with a total of 943 murders.
By Alheli Garcia- This interactive timeline focuses on the history of soccer’s famous international competitions occurring every four years. Get an insight on some interesting events that took place within the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, to the most recent in 2014.
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By Alheli Garcia- This interactive map shows the top ten cities with the most alcohol related issues based on information gathered from the Centers of Disease Control. The data , interpreted by Men’s Health Magazine, confirms Fresno, California to be ranking 1st with the most incidents.
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The 1986-87 NBA season was full of success for Michael Jordan who was at the time playing for the Chicago Bulls. Not only did he score a career-high of 37.1 points per game, but according to NBA.com , Jordan became the first basketball player to surpass 3,000 points in a season. During November and December of the same season, he managed to increase his scoring average to 40 points in nine consecutive games. In addition, Jordan won the Slam Dunk Championship and was named to the All-NBA First Team.
The chart provides data on the rate of unemployment in the United States from 2005-2015. The rates plummeted and reached the lowest points between 2008 and 2009. We begin to see a little improvement the following years, however, it has not reached a point of consistency.
California offers great weather year round, scenery along the pacific coast, and for the tech enthusiasts: Silicon Valley. Its no wonder why so many people consider relocating to the area.However, the cost of living in California is not as appealing as the idea, unless of course you can afford it.
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The state of California ranks first in the nation with the most craft breweries. According to the Brewers Association, there are 1.9 breweries per capita. The economic impact in the state also ranked first in the nation with a total of $ 6.9 billion. Surprisingly, the impact per capita estimated to be $251.89, ranking 23rd in the nation. California ranks 2nd in production with 3.8 million barrels of craft beer produced per year.