A friend of mine signed up for LOTRO last week and the recommended server (which she joined) was Crickhollow. So, yes, it looks like Crickhollow is back on the list.
Oh, is it? I've been wondering. I have a handful of low levels I've been leveling up, not to mention my higher levels who come to do the festival stuff. It seems like I've been seeing quite a few newbies running around as of late. The beginner areas feel more populated.
I've certainly noticed the population going up. I like that. I actually used my 5th character slot to start a new alt about 2 weeks ago and it's nice to see people in Bree again and wanting to run the low-level GBs and skirms. It's like it was when I first started on Crick well over a year ago.