Lafayette (pop. 43,764 ) is the seat of Tippecanoe Co. in
West central Indiana on the Wabash river.
Incorporated in 1853,
Lafayette is a commercial and manufacturing center located in a farm
region in which grain and livestock are produced. Manufactured
materials include sheet metal, processed food, automobiles, truck
trailers, paints, aluminum products, and engines. Purdue University is
nearby, in West Lafayette.
According to Indiana
Business magazine, "Preserving and renewing vintage Lafayette tops the
agenda on the east side." The first new downtown hotel in decades, the
$12 million Holiday Inn select Center City is being built with a
historic look. Things may be looking good for historic architecture
too. According to the magazine: "In the works is a renovation of a 1939
movie theater by Deco Entertainment Inc. to be reopened as a
movie/dinner theater. New development in a city can be a good thing if
it reverses urban decay and a bad thing if it's seen simply as a way to
"Get rid of old buildings."