U.S. Hits 300 Million Mark

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

There are an estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. According to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, nearly five percent of the city's residents are immigrants.

"I've been here since 1967. The town has grown at a reasonably good pace," said Bob Pulsanelli a free market economist at WKU.

The same year Pulsanelli moved his family to Bowling Green, Ky., is the same year the U.S. census hit it's last milestone of 200 million. Pulsanelli said growth is good and having immigrants here in Bowling Green makes life richer.

"I think the town is growing and it's more sophisticated. The town is also more interesting and the restaurants are more interesting."

Pulsanelli said he grew up on about a one square mile neighborhood in New Jersey, population of 10,000. He also said Bowling Green doesn't need to plan for a projected population boom, but road officials are already a step ahead of the boom.

Listed below is a list from a Bowling Green City Commissioner of the road projects in the works in and around Bowling Green.

  • City Road Expansion
  • Shive Lane extension to Lovers Lane
  • Old Morgantown Road
  • Patton/Fields Connector
  • Expansion of State Roads
  • Lovers Lane into 5 lanes
  • Nashville Road into 5 lanes
  • Natcher Parkway extension over I-65
  • A New interchange exit on the Interstate for the Transpark

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