Downtown Raleigh Lightning

June 30th, 2008
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A lightning bolt squeezes between RBC Plaza and Two Hannover Square.

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Wider version.

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Another shot from the night.


  1. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 6:19 am (#)

    cool matt!

  2. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 7:38 am (#)

    When I saw the lightnings I knew you were out there taking photos 🙂 Statistically speaking, the chances of squeezing a lightning between Raleigh’s two tallest in a photo, particularly from the money shot angle, is next to none, but you did it!!! RBC Plaza has done a lot to improve out skyline and I can’t wait until it is all lit up. Thanks for sharing your great work with us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 8:36 am (#)

    Looks like that bolt is what’s juicing the BB&T sign and making it so bright.

  4. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 10:45 am (#)

    I’m still waiting for Matt Robinson to get that magic shot of the RBC spire being electrified (and I’m sure he is, too). 😀

    BTW, wonder how many daredevils will attempt that rooftop pool when stormy weather approaches? LOL

  5. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 11:18 am (#)

    Great shots, Matt! In the first picture you can see the completed “Shimmer Wall” on the west side of the convention center… I can’t wait until that and the RBC spire are lit up at night!

  6. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 2:30 pm (#)

    Did anyone else see the N&O article concerning the Lafayette? There seems to be an issue meeting deadlines and also with funding that may end this vision…

  7. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 2:51 pm (#)

    WOW! Amazing shots!

  8. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 2:51 pm (#)

    Excellent! Let’s get a developer in here that will break ground and build a real high rise building (I am hoping it is someone from out-of-state, someone with vision). That property needs a signature building (and a building that will cover up most of that ugly Marriott).

    NO Surprise: More delays with City Plaza (as I said at the beginning of this project, this will be scaled back and a city center joke). Sounds like the owner of the Bank of America builidng (you know, that pathetic brick box) does not give a damn about this project, playing hardball and wasting time (he will take his bat and ball away, in this case the (4) retail locations)

  9. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 3:33 pm (#)

    I’d like to comment on TC’s remark on the owner of Bank of America’s building dragging his feet on the City Plaza project. Does that sound fishy to anyone??? I say that because BOA = Charlotte, actually I should say BOA OWNS Charlotte. Sounds a little like someone trying to stand in the way of progress here in order to keep some busniess in Charlotte…maybe???

  10. Anonymous says:

    June 30th, 2008 at 3:53 pm (#)

    I am not surprised that the city officials are running out of patience, and I can’t blame them for trying to pursue a new/better deal. In this case, however, I would exercise extreme caution. If we had better bids in the past, I would have been more enthusiastic about an opportunity to build something even better, but Lafayette is a great project and promises to be an elegant building, too. At this point in time, ANYONE would have a hard time to deliver something major at this site. Also, before the city officials ask for new bids, there are two steps to take: 1) Make sure they finalize The Hillsborough deal. 2) Request RFPs for Sites 2 and 3. Then, and only then we can go after Site 4 again.

    At this point in time, we should not allow developers who have stalled projects to deal with, to bid on Sites 2 and 3. I am not suggesting favoring Empire Properties over other developers, but give them a little more extension to deliver something. Missing an April deadline is nothing when compared to the 301 Hillsborough property. If Empire Properties can’t come forward with what they envisioned, within a reasonable amount of time, then open Site 4 for new bids, otherwise give the developer a little more time. Besides, the city will have to clean that site from contaminants prior to any groundbreaking. Let’s do that and then push the developer.

  11. Anonymous says:

    July 1st, 2008 at 10:32 am (#)

    The site of the original Reynolds project has been cleared but vacant since the end of autumn. Unbelievable.

  12. Anonymous says:

    July 5th, 2008 at 3:47 pm (#)

    Whoa, RBC looks really cool with the aircraft beacon…I still haven’t seen it with the flood-lights in person yet.

  13. Anonymous says:

    June 19th, 2010 at 8:53 am (#)

    Great Shots Matt!! Maybe it will spark some life in the City with Retail stores or a Hot Urban Mall!!

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