Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Welcome to Will County News Viewpoints!

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting Will County News Viewpoints.  As its name suggests, this blog will offer opinions on events affecting Will County, Illinois.

Before the recent economic bust, Will County was booming.  According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the population rose from 502,210 in 2000 to an estimated 685,251 in 2009.  Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, land prices soared and towns grew.  Strip malls also popped-up to serve the needs of those living in the new developments.

During this same time period, Will County became home to one of the largest inland ports in North America, the CenterPoint Intermodal projects in Elwood and Joliet.

The recession slowed building in Will County.  The question is: will development pick-up when the economy improves?  Will Chicago's suburban and exurban area continue to push into even the remaining rural areas of Will County?