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Indy's Skyscrapers

High rise construction in Indianapolis started in 1888, when the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument was completed. The 284-foot (87 m) tall monument sits at the center of Indianapolis and, until the completion of City Hall in 1962 was still the tallest structure in the city.

In the 1970s the central business district, like many other 'Rust Belt' cities of the United States, (also known as the Manufacturing Belt, is an area in parts of the Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic States, and portions of the Upper Midwest.) saw decreased economic activity, racial tension, and white flight to growing suburbs. As a result, downtown Indianapolis saw little new construction. The city of Indianapolis addressed these issues by developing plans, in the 1980s, to redefine the city's downtown. Neighborhoods in the downtown area were designated in relation to their proximity to the city center, and plans were initiated for them to be redeveloped. A series of modern skyscrapers were constructed, including what is currently the tallest building in the state; the newly renamed Chase Tower. The third tallest building in the city, One Indiana Square, is going through an exterior make over after being damaged by high winds in April 2006


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