20 Great Cycling Cities

The Google My Maps graphic shows the top 20 cities for people to go cycling. Most of the cities are located in Europe with few outliers in Japan and America.
France actually has 3 cities ranked in the top 20 cycling cities. Paris is ranked at No. 2, Nantes is ranked at No. 15, and Bordeaux is ranked at No. 16.

An article on Wired called “The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet” states that many of the cities do not understand cycling infrastructure well enough to make efficient choices that could make the city even better. Paris has made an initiative to make the city more bike friendly although the author questions some of the decisions they have made.
Cities such as Copenhagen have invested a lot of money and energy on improving the cycling infrastructure in the city. There are plans for new bridges and ramps to be built as well as plans to improve Cross-Town route. There seems to be a lot of praise for the work Copenhagen has done for the cycling community. Other cities should follow in Copenhagen’s footsteps to ensure the best cycling experiences in their cities.


Fastest Growing City in US

WalletHub conducted a study on the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Fort Myers, Florida was the fastest growing city according to WalletHub.

WalletHub compared 515 cities on 15 key factors over a seven year time period for this particular study. They found that the South had some of the highest population gains.

Fort Myers has had a long history of steady population increase. Since 1890 the city has seen an increase in the population census after census. The population growth has gone up 24% since the 2010 census according to the World Population Review.

As seen by the graphic by Google Earth Engine Fort Myers not only has an increase in population but also an increase in infrastructure. Even in recent years the little land that was empty seems to have been used for new buildings.

The expansion of Fort Myers does not seem to be halting anytime soon and the population might reach 100,000 in no time.


Life After the Military

Military personal are struggling to fit into society after they retire and come back to the states. A lot of these veterans struggle finding jobs once they arrive back to the states while also dealing with health conditions such as PTSD.

Depending on the state the veteran resides in determines the health benefits and overall welcome the community gives to the veterans. Certain states seem to be a lot more friendlier to military veterans than other states.

WalletHub decided to make a chart that compares the states and the District of Columbia by how accepting each state is to veterans. The chart has 4 different categories which are quality of life rank, economic environment rank, health care rank, and overall rank.

The top 5 ranked states were Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Alabama, and South Carolina. While the lowest scoring states were District of Columbia, Oregon, Vermont, Nevada, and New Mexico. Florida ranked No. 1 in the overall ranking and ranked No. 5 in quality of life. Illinois ranked close to the bottom at No. 39 and ranked in the 40’s for economic environment and quality of life.

Google Trends: Social Movements and R. Kelly against the Me Too Movement

Me Too and Black Lives Matter

In recent years movements such as the Me Too Movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement have become important conversations in national media. Social Media’s have played a huge role in providing information on the movements and making the movements known to the general public.
The Me Too Movement began in 2006 for victims of sexual assault in low income communities to find help on ways of dealing with the trauma. After the hashtag #metoo went viral it launched a national conversation on sexual assault especially for women in the entertainment business.
The Black Lives Matter Movement was created in 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin’s trial and acquittal of the police man that murdered him. This movement and project speak out against the discrimination black Americans face against the police and society.

According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, the Me Too Movement seems to be the most popular over the last 5 years. However, in July 2016 the Black Lives Matter Movement surpassed searches for the Me Too Movement by a landslide.

This other graphic shows that the Me Too Movement has a higher percentage of searches by the majority of states in the U.S. According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, only Minnesota and Vermont have a higher percentage of searches for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Me Too and R. Kelly

The Me Too Movement have led to many public figures being accused by multiple people of sexual harassment. These high-profile cases have caught media outlets attention and have become a controversial topic in the nation.

One of the first high profile cases that the Me Too Movement was a part of was the Bill Cosby case. After Andrea Constand spoke out about Bill Cosby sexually assaulting her many other women spoke out about the similar situations with Cosby. This eventually led to Cosby’s sentence of 3 to 10 years in prison for a felony sexual assault charge.

Kelly has recently been thrown back into the spotlight with charges of sexual assaults filed against him in February 2019. The charges were filed after a Lifetime documentary was released last January describing the allegations of sexual assault against Kelly. With the number of allegations against R. Kelly it raises the question if the #metoo hashtag will be used for this case.

According to an analysis of Google search on Google Trends, the Me Too Movement has had a steady amount of searches on google even during the R. Kelly trial. However, searches for R. Kelly began to rise right before the premiere of the Surviving R. Kelly  documentary after the release of the movie searches began to drop.

It seems like the Me Too Movement has no correlation with the R. Kelly case. There have been no rise in searches for the Me Too Movement while R. Kelly still seems to be receiving a higher percentages of searches on Google.

NFL 2018 Player Salary

The graphic displays the highest salary players for the NFL for the 2018 season. The salaries for the players in the graphic do not include endorsements and licensings.

Due to the increase of TV contracts the NFL has had a 44 percent increase in the salary cap over the past five years. The top 10 players made 424 million dollars including their salaries, bonuses, endorsements and licensings. Kirk Cousins is ranked No. 1 on the graphic with a salary of 22.5 million dollars. While the No. 2 ranked player, Demarcus Lawrence, makes about 17 million dollars.

Kirk was signed as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback in March 2018 on a 84 million dollar contract for 3 year contract. This contract made him the highest paid NFL player in history topping well known players such as Aaron Rodgers and other high ranking Quarterbacks.

Surprisingly the majority of the highest paid players is not quarterbacks. There seems to be a diversity of positions in the highest paid players with only 3 players being quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers is shockingly not in the top 10 highest paid players. He actually is ranked at No. 545 being paid 1.1 million dollars a year. However, with all of his endorsements and licensings he is definitely in the top 10 highest paid players.

Practice Post

Gov. Pat Quinn
Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)


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

By Bob Smith

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 who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

“We do not want anyone denied that opportunity because of finances,” Quinn said. “We can’t afford to lose all the talent that exists, all the ability that exists for higher education to help our economy and to help all of us, because there are financial challenges that deny someone the opportunity to go to community college or a four-year university — public and private — in our state.”

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