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Carmel, Indiana, builds a high-quality public realm at the heart of its new Midtown district.   ROBERT STEUTEVILLE

Carmel, Indiana, builds a high-quality public realm at the heart of its new Midtown district.

ROBERT STEUTEVILLE

Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of more than 90,000 people bordering on Indianapolis, is building a walkable urban downtown to fit its growing population and economy. 

Main Street and the Arts and Design District have already been revitalized with restaurants and art galleries. City Center, a half mile to the south, is a world class performing arts complex built by the city. Between the two is a former industrial area where the city is promoting mixed-use development—including new headquarters of corporations that are relocating to the city.