May Progress

May 17th, 2007

A few scenes from the month of May 2007 in downtown Raleigh.

Downtown Raleigh from the 19th floor of the Clarion Hotel.

Remants of yesterday’s rain.

Downtown Raleigh’s new Marriott hotel is starting to make its presence felt.

Enjoying the outside dining.

Evening above the Boylan wye.

Raleigh, Sir.

A new day begins in downtown Raleigh.

The RBC Plaza condos have matched the null of the Hudson.

A nice cluster of density.

Eclectically sound.

A tangle of tower cranes. A common sight in the triangle.

Looking out over Raleigh’s Warehouse district.

Amtrak makes a stop downtown.


Raleigh Times.

The state Capitol.

The new look of the southern end of downtown is taking shape.

Fayetteville Street.

Daylight winds down on Hargett Street.

Crews and crane work upon…something?

Feels like the big city.

Two Hannover Square enjoys its last full year as Raleigh’s tallest.

A late night train zips through Raleigh.

The new Marriott grows past the new convention center.

Wachovia Capital Center.

Block B crumbles piece by piece, in the name of Progress.

Magic hour passenger train.


  1. Anonymous says:

    June 4th, 2007 at 9:04 pm (#)

    This is an awesome site and great work! I love browsing through the site and seeing all of the creative shots you have. You have a great eye! I agree with the other posts, downtown Raleigh is definantely on the move but we are in need of a building that will set off the skyline and show the dominence as to why Raleigh is consistently on #1 lists for living, working, quality of life, etc. I hope sometime soon 60+ story building is built. It is shame that the RBC Tower will stop at 32 and the Westin will be in Crabtree Valley.

  2. Anonymous says:

    June 4th, 2007 at 10:25 pm (#)

    Raleigh’s skyline still looks depressing. It appears much work is needed just to surpass Winston Salem. I will not even compare it to Charlotte. It is really a shame so much of Raleigh and Durham is based in RTP. Not mention the ridiculous idea of putting the RBC center out on the highway and the nicest building ever in Raleigh is being built beside the mall. A shame.

  3. Anonymous says:

    June 5th, 2007 at 8:30 pm (#)


    I agree, I would love to see at least 3 60 story towers, with one of them being a signature tower for Raleigh.


    You are too funny! I agree with you. I am just happy to see more buildings going up over 30 stories….one building at a a time for now.

  4. Anonymous says:

    June 9th, 2007 at 6:10 pm (#)

    I agree with Lorenzo’s comments and he brings up valid points. Lets face it, many people across the country here all of these great things about Raleigh and how Wake County has been in the Top 10 fastest growing counties in the nation. All of these individuals laugh at the Raleigh Skyline. There really is not much to it. Luckily it kinf of sets up so it looks larger than what it is. I totally agree as well about the RBC Center. That was about the most ignorant of decisions to place it out in the middle of a cow field. Has there been any major growth out there? Nope. Do the city leaders not realize how much the downtown businesses (nightclubs, hotels, restaurants) would have benefited from this? Also, lets stick Raleigh’s tallest and NC second tallest building beside Crabtree Valley Mall in the flood plane. Yes, that makes a lot of sense!?! So, I guess to sum this up, as long as we have these so-called city planners who can not “PLAN” then downtown Raleigh will never ever be really “wide open”! Period.

  5. Anonymous says:

    July 7th, 2007 at 10:16 pm (#)

    raleigh is tiny and has no traffic

  6. Anonymous says:

    July 21st, 2007 at 6:34 pm (#)

    I feel that the 2 Edison towers(500ft and 414ft) should be combined into 1 tower becoming 914ft…that would be something to look at…I mean, it’s all the same space. that wouldn’t work probably, assuming that building the latter would be more expensive….oh and DAVE Raleigh does have traffic but I’m sorry that it’s not as congested as you may like…you should go to Atlanta or NYC

  7. Anonymous says:

    July 28th, 2007 at 6:05 am (#)

    RBC belongs out in the “cow pastures”……..they went defunct here in san diego…..BAD COMPANY!


  8. Anonymous says:

    August 28th, 2007 at 8:13 pm (#)

    “should be combined into 1 tower becoming 914ft”

    you’d lose a lot in street level experience with the smaller footprint. Skyscrapers are nice for skylines but you can gain a better urban experience down where the people actually are with more offerings. Two buildings will bring that much more street level business. I can think of areas in Philly and Seattle (albeit magnitudes larger than our 400k people) with great street experience in lowrise areas as a result of street level density.

  9. Anonymous says:

    November 13th, 2007 at 10:35 am (#)


  10. Anonymous says:

    December 13th, 2007 at 8:26 pm (#)

    These are spectacular shots of your wonderful city. I am the President of the NCN (National Caricaturist Network). We are an international association of caricature artists and we have chosen your fair town for our next annual convention next November. I would love to show some of these images in our private forum so that our members will get a taste of what they have in store for them next year.

    There will be over 200 artists in town from all over the world for one week. We look forward to visiting and learning more about Raleigh. If anyone is interested in visiting us while we compete, please email me at your convenience. Also, any recommendations for things for artists to do or visit while we are there would be appreciated!

  11. Anonymous says:

    February 8th, 2008 at 10:30 pm (#)

    When was traffic a good thing? Raleigh is a beautiful city. It is named one of the best places to live in the country! Raleigh has a lot to offer, to much to start a list. I do miss it!

  12. Anonymous says:

    February 8th, 2008 at 10:36 pm (#)

    These are great pictures Matt… i agree with everyone that said you have a lot of talent. Thanks!

  13. Anonymous says:

    February 10th, 2008 at 4:10 pm (#)

    Does anyone know if they are going to clean up and expand that embarrassing area called City Market? That parking lot and police shack continue to be a pathetic eyesore (along with that house that houses a lae office). They lost my business years ago (used to go to Big Ed’s aall the time, their food quality and service continues to go down hill).

    The owner of that complex has done nothing to that area in years. The owner should sell it to someone who gives a damn about it’s appearance.

  14. Anonymous says:

    February 10th, 2008 at 10:33 pm (#)

    I have no idea what you’re tlaking about, TC. Are you talking about the mounted police station? If so, I think that little shack is pretty cool and has a lot of character. I just wish they would put light bulbs in all those sockets that go around the bottom of the roof. I think that would give it back its historical look.

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