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Here are some pictures of Downtown Columbus, Indiana. The city has a population of about 45,000 and is well know for its architecture, art and public space design. It is also home to Cummins Engine Company (Fortune 500).

"The President and member of the founding family of Cummins, J Irwin Miller established the Cummins Foundation and in 1957 made an offer to Columbus that the foundation would pay all the architects fees for new public buildings in Columbus. Thus this small Midwestern city has buildings by Eero Saarinen, Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche, Richard Meier, Harry Weese, César Pelli, Gunnar Birkerts, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, many of which feature extensive interiors designed by Alexander Girard." (wikipedia)

Today, Columbus, the Cummins Foundation and Miller family continue to invest in the unique environment and placemaking of the City. One of the newest efforts include Exhibit Columbus 2017 which is a new international art/sculpture exhibit. The initial Exhibit Columbus will be followed by another symposium and exhibition in 2018 and 2019.

NOTE: I took these pictures on a cold winter day during the Thanksgiving holiday week so a lot of people were off work. I also try not to have people in my photos. Downtown is usually a very busy place and when the weather is nice there are a lot of outdoor cafes etc.

Bridge coming into downtown




Courthouse


New mixed use/residential project




Veteran's Monument


Upland Brewing Company in the old pump house building on the river.


New State Street Bridge


The new Commons




















Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor since 1900


















Old City Hall






The Inn at Irwin Gardens








The Library


Cummins World Headquarters


Another new mixed use/residential project




The new Central Middle School


Art and Sculpture


















Mill Race Park and Covered Bridge downtown




Thanks for looking.
 

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Thanks for the photo tour! Seems like a very pleasant exurban town.
Yes and no. Since you are from Minnesota I would say it is like a wealthier version of St. Cloud with world class architecture but also has a lot of rough neighborhoods and gritty areas. An area of town called East Columbus the older urban, rough area of town. Columbus Indiana is a small stand alone city rather than an exurban town. It actually has it's own exurban area called Tipton lakes
 

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Thanks for the photo tour! Seems like a very pleasant exurban town.
Columbus is its own stand alone city that is the center of business for most of south central Indiana. People from surrounding communities commute to Columbus for work, medical care, shopping and culture. It has a very large business base (for decades) and has been around since the early 1800s.
 

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Ahh, it's only 30-40ish miles outside of Indianapolis so I assumed it was just a satellite town – thanks for clarifying.

St. Cloud sort of has a reputation in Minnesota as being "trashy", and it's also a major college town with a party school atmosphere, so not sure if it really compares to a place like Columbus. There probably isn't anything quite like it in Minnesota.
 

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Wasn't comparing st cloud in aesthetics, just the fact that it is it's own city but not too far from a large metro. The population numbers are similar too. Columbus is a city that has blossomed in large part due to corporate philanthropy... something close-ish to Minnesota and kind of similar is Pella iowa with it's relationship to Pella window and door. Corporation steps up and really creates a beautiful sense of place
 
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