Category: DataViz Turned-In Assignments

John Tummino Assignment 4a: Onondaga County Hydrofracking Bans

Many Central New York residents find the topic of hydrofracking to be a controversial topic to broach. Hydrofracking is the process by which water is pumped at high pressures deep into the sediment in order to release natural gas that is trapped beneath.

While proponents of hydrofracking say it is a cheap and effective way of obtaining energy, its detractors say it is terrible for the environment. And likewise, while some communities have opened their arms to those who wish to frack, others have slammed the door shut by enacting bans on hydrofracking within their borders.

Onondaga County sits atop the Marcellus Shale, which extends through much of Appalachia, rising above the ground in Marcellus (which is why it is called the Marcellus Shale). In Onondaga County, there are 12 towns that have banned hydrofracking. You can see which ones they are and when they enacted the bans on the map below:

As you can see, half the towns banned fracking only last year, four full years after the first town in Onondaga County (Camillus) did so. In an ironic twist, it turns out Marcellus is one of the towns that has imposed a hydrofracking ban.

Back in June, New York’s highest court gave these bans teeth by ruling that cities and towns can block hydraulic fracking within their borders. This ruling comes ahead of Governor Cuomo’s decision on whether or not to uphold a statewide moratorium on hydrofracking that has been in place since 2008. That decision will ultimately make or break the practice of fracking not just in Onondaga County, but in the entire state.

Assignment 4A: Hospitals in Upstate NY

My sister is a nurse on the Mercy Flight evac helicopter, which flies out of Marcellus and Rochetser, depending on the day. One of the first things her pilot needed to know was the location of every hospital in Upstate NY, and which he could fly to fastest when they had a patient onboard.

For new students coming to Syracuse, it’s easy to find a place with urgent care, as they’re not too far from campus. But according to my sister, families in rural communities often don’t know how to get to the hospitals their loved ones are being flown to, and sometimes don’t make it before the patient takes a turn for the worst. That’s why I think a map like the one below would be helpful for my sister, and the rest of the crew, to send to the families, and any other people in need in the Syracuse area.

It maps out exactly where the hospitals are, down to the exact street. It could also be helpful for new Mercy Flight employees who don’t know where other hospitals outside of the Syracuse area are. Studying it would not only mean better preparation for the job, but also that they would be able to better inform the families of patients on the helicopter.

Location data gathered from NY data.

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Assignment 3 – Voll

While many Upstate New York cities have felt the lasting effects of the decline of rust belt industrial centers, cities downstate and in the capital region have fared much better against the large migration of people to other areas of the country.

This data represents a trend that began in the 1950s when populations in northeastern cities began a decades-long exodus, with some losing an upwards of 50% of their citizens to suburbs and other regions.

With the gubernatorial elections fast approaching, it is important to consider policy changes that need to be enacted to stabilize the Upstate economies and stem the flow of people out of the state. The state, county, and city governments need to work together to channel investments into bringing jobs and industries into struggling areas to make these parts of New York a desirable to live in again.

Source: Census 2000 and 2010 Population

Assignment 4 – Herrle

Cities of Texas with Pop:

Georeferencing: Bridgeport, CT

NH Election Results

Global Poverty Snapshot – Assignment 3 – Herrle

My objective as a dual-degree student of the Maxwell and Newhouse schools is to understand some of the broad issues facing international development today. To me, the issue of poverty seems like a good place to start – it is relatively easy to address in comparison to health and security issues, and can drastically improve the lives of those lifted out of poverty.

One of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to “halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day The target of reducing extreme poverty rates by half was met five years ahead of the 2015 deadline.

The global poverty rate at $1.25 a day fell in 2010 to less than half the 1990 rate. 700 million fewer people lived in conditions of extreme poverty in 2010 than in 1990. However, at the global level 1.2 billion people are still living in extreme poverty.”

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Poverty Rate (% of Population) | Create Infographics

John Tummino Assignment 3: Health Violations Near The SU Campus

As a college student living without any source of income, and as a lover of foods of all varieties, I often find myself wandering down towards Marshall Street to grab something to eat. This is something thousands of Syracuse University students do multiple times over the course of any given day.

However, what students may not realize is that as they get their fill at one of the many eateries on or near campus, they are potentially sacrificing quality for cost. While examining the results of the most recent health inspections at restaurants around campus, I was alarmed to find that an overwhelming majority of those restaurants were found to be in violation of health codes.

View Health Violations Near The SU Campus in a larger map

As you can see in the interactive map above, a mere 3 of the 17 restaurants featured in the data were found to not be violating any health codes. When you look a little deeper into the types of violations these restaurants are committing, clear patterns emerge.

First of all, half of the 14 restaurants had violations for the ways in which they stored their food. For example, Varsity was found to be lacking enough refrigerated storage equipment needed to keep all potentially hazardous foods stored at the proper cold temperature. Additionally, the restaurant did not have accurate thermometers available to check food storage temperatures.

A second trend that emerged had to do with the cleanliness of surfaces in the restaurants. 11 of the 14 restaurants had violations for dirty surfaces or dirty non-food contact surfaces of equipment.

Both of these trends are disturbing because it shows the food that many college-age people are consuming is not being prepared properly, which could result in them getting sick. Considering 9 of the restaurants were last inspected in 2013, one can only hope that these eateries and cafes show that they have improved upon what was wrong the next time they are inspected.

John Tummino Assignment 4

Mapping all Cities with Populations of 500,000 People or Greater:

Georeferencing the Most Populated Areas of New Jersey:

New Hampshire Election Results:

Assignment 4: CartoDB

1. Populated Cities in New England

2. Georeferencing Upstate NY Cities

[edit – removed due to hitting CartoDB table limits]

3. New Hampshire Presidential Election Results 2008

Assignment 4: Cartodb Tutorials

Creating a Visualization: Most Densely Populated Regions (5 Million Plus) at Night:



Georeference: Bridgeport, CT:



New Hampshire Election Results: