Steelmakers, the BP refinery, the Indiana Department of Transportation and local communities boosted by the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority all had the building bug in 2011, undertaking billions of dollars in construction projects.
Lake Michigan and heavy industry such as U.S. Steel's Gary Works have made Northwest Indiana what it is today. Efforts on a variety of fronts are setting the stage for the region's future success.
Lee Botts, left and Bill Miller, both of Gary's Miller section walk along the first portion of the Grand Calumet River Trail near Roosevelt and 2nd Street Monday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The nearly mile long segment is one of three sections of a 30-mile long walking and biking tr…
Visitors stand in front of one of the new storefront displays at the "A Christmas Story Comes Home" exhibit at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.
Wally Koeppen opens a gate to the pasture where bison are feeding on the Broken Wagon Bison Farm he runs with his brother, Bud. Despite its major housing developments, Union Township remains largely rural.
Bud Koeppen tosses treats to the bison at the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, where he and brother, Wally, raise about 75 head of bison.
A sign that hangs at the Broken Wagon Bison Farm in Union Township warns motorists to be aware of bison.
Brothers, Wally, left, and Bud Koeppen own and operate the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, where they raise about 75 head of bison. It's the same farm they grew up, where they grow their own food for the buffalo. They have seven 5-acre parcels where they rotate the herd.
A bison cow rests her head on her calf Monday at the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, owned and operated for about nine years by Bud Koeppen and his brother, Wally.
Bud Koeppen and his brother, Wally, own and run the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, where they raise about 75 head of bison in Union Township. Big John, the dominant male in the herd, comes over for a closer look -- lured, of course, by buffalo treats.
Despite its major housing developments, Union Township remains largely rural. Bud Koeppen and his brother, Wally, own and run the Broken Wagon Bison Farm, where they raise about 75 head of bison.
Wally Koeppen pets one of the bison in the herd of 75 at the Broken Wagon Bison Farm. Despite major housing developments, Union Township remains largely rural.
Bud Koeppen feeds a treat to Big John, one of 75 bison in the herd at Broken Wagon Bison Farm.
Steel coils sit inside the ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor plant on Nov. 15.
Whiting Parks and Recreation employees Matt Aponte, left, and Matthew Augustyn rake water off home plate at the Oil City Stadium at Standard Diamonds Park in Whiting on Sept. 29.
A worker rides a tricycle near steel coils stacked at ArcelorMittal's Burns Harbor plant.
Students work on a geometry problem in class at Hammond High School in Hammond on Sept. 15.
Wheeler High School teacher Teri Anderson, left, leads her students during Calculus class on Sept. 15.
Marquette Park in Gary, shown in this March 30 aerial photo, is in the midst of a major revitalization project.
The BP Whiting Refinery's expansion to process oil from Canadian tar sands is contributing to the town's bustling image.
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