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Renewal Project at Former Crown Cork & Seal Building

Renewal Project at Former Crown Cork & Seal Building

By Paul Gerola, Economic Development Director

It’s been two decades since the 194,000-square-foot warehouse at 13th and Dell avenues has seen as much business activity as it likely will this year. The behemoth building that for nearly six decades was a fixture in vegetable can manufacturing is in the midst of a revitalization by the Port of Walla Walla that finally begins the vision of urban renewal imagined when the agency bought the building 15 years ago. The building opened in 1941 as Continental Can and became a staple in food processing as a manufacturer of vegetable cans. Crown Cork & Seal, which grew to become the largest container-making company in the world, bought the business and building in 1991, according to previous coverage. During its peak, it reportedly produced between 250 million and 350 million...
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Our World In Data

Our World In Data

Helping to understand the world’s largest problems
Although the Walla Walla Trends Project is local in scale, the data we track are part of a larger global context. Local issues we are concerned about, such as health, population, food security, and education are also international issues. As such, there are also organizations and publications...
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2020 Decennial Census

2020 Decennial Census

Local Steering Committee is Hard at Work

The decennial census, required by the U.S. Constitution, ultimately creates indispensable data at the national, state, county, municipal and sub-municipal levels. According to census.gov, the census attempts to count every person in the U.S. where they “live and sleep.” More than just a simple population count, the
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Local Data Helps Inform

Local Data Helps Inform

Fighting hunger, feeding hope in the Inland NW

It wasn’t too long ago estimating hunger relied mainly on Federal Poverty Level statistics. But the national estimates were inadequate when used to estimate hunger in smaller, more localized areas. This created a disparity of what statistically might qualify as food insecure in the national data to what is...
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Trends In Action

Walla Walla Population is Growing, Primarily Due to Migration Inflows

Does it seem like there are a couple more out of state license plates cruising through downtown than in years past? Have you been seeing a few more unfamiliar faces at your local super market? Or perhaps your favorite Friday night spot isn’t just the regulars anymore. If you are a Walla Walla County resident, then chances are you may have noticed these subtle changes because...
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Funding Levels Indicate Citizens Value Quality Roads in Walla Walla County

All communities depend on safe, effective road systems to move goods and people. Nearly of the roads in Walla Walla County are financed and maintained with public funding. Public funding levels can be a reflection of the quality and safety of local road systems. Public funding also reflects priorities within government. This indicator is not only an accounting of the dollars spent locally...
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Housing is More Affordable than the State, Yet Still Decreasing

To rent or buy - that is the question. As the housing market becomes tighter, inevitably some people will be squeezed out of homeownership. While the estimated homeownership levels in the Walla Walla area have increased by 1% from 2013 to 2017, the traditional benefits of home ownership, such as building equity and establishing long-term stable housing costs...
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At All Price Levels, Housing Supply is Shrinking in Walla Walla County

Americans love to talk about their homes. And the state of their local housing market. The housing market doesn’t only affect people those looking to buy or sell a home, but it can have a huge impact on the overall economy. If we didn’t realize the interaction before, the pop of the housing bubble a decade ago made it clear. According to the National Association of Realtors...
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