Columbus, Indiana—“The New Detroit”?

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Columbus, Indiana—“The New Detroit”?

Eero Saarinen's North Christian Church in Columbus, Indiana. (Courtesy wplynn/Flickr)

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Columbus, Indiana, has been getting attention in the press lately, and the design community has taken notice. At one high-level design dinner, a prominent design
figure jokingly referred to Columbus as “The New Detroit.” While the metaphor is wildly inaccurate based on economics and demographics, there is a kernel
of truth there, as the small Midwestern town is becoming a hot design destination. Luckily the buildings are in better shape.