The new Charter Square South tower really does extend the skyline well…. I just CAN’T WAIT to see how it’s gonna look when the North Tower goes up (should add some height to an already dense area), and when the Edison tower goes up (heightwise, should be somewhere between SkyHouse and PNC – so it will DEFinitely be visible from the money shot). My wishlist is that all remaining surface parking lots are developed, and the bigger the lot, the taller the building. Really want to see something substantial in the skyline between the Wells Fargo bldng and PNC tower – maybe if we had a couple skyscrapers in the HUGE parking lots next to the science/history museum complex (there’s the big one that is used for the museum parking lots right now, but that lot could fit two, maybe even three large sized buildings (25-30 stories, maybe even taller), and they can build parking decks inside the buildings to be used for museum parking; then there’s the big lot that, other than the State Bar building recently added to the corner, is used for absolutely nothing. This lot could house 3-4 smaller buildings ((max 20 stories)), helping taper down the height). Last on my wishlist- the huge lot next to the convention center (where the Enterprise rentals is). This is where Raleigh NEEDS a SKY. SCRAPER. I’m talking a huge, 600-700 foot tall MONSTER that would really put the “sky” in our skyline (PNC tower, at 538ft, is of course our tallest, but it’s not nearly pretty enough to deserve “tallest building in Raleigh” status) on the corner of McDowell and Davie. Level the Enterprise building, and in that spot we could fit another, smaller building (but at least in the 400-500ft range). Then there’s that tiny lot across Gale street that could house a nice sized building (albeit much shorter than the last two monsters). Just IMAGINE how beautiful our skyline would look (and imagine how much further you could see the city from) with these additions. I would say I’d love to see some 300 footers (at least) at the 301 Hillsborough lot the city is mulling over right now, but for some silly reason they are limiting that whole area to 20 stories, so they might be shorter than that. Some skyscrapers would’ve fit in nicely where the stupid Edison Apartments are being built, too….. This is why the “enterprise” lot (next to Convention center) and the “museum” lot(s) in the Capital District NEED to go as tall as they possibly can. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. In 10-15 years, we could have a skyline to rival Charlotte’s. This is assuming Charlotte doesn’t go even taller and taller by then…
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Raleigh Snow event – February 2015
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