St. Louis has its arch. Seattle has its space needle. And Columbus, Ohio's capital city, could have a 311-foot-tall statue depicting name-sake Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the new world.

But the city already has a few Columbus statues. And the fiscally sensible city may have better uses for the $20 million to $25 million that city auditor Hugh Dorrian says would be needed to prepare and install the gift from Russia.

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