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  1. This is a beautiful building and will go a long way to visually solidifying Durham's dispersed skyline. I always thought downtown Durham's street grid was interesting and this tower sorta highlights that - lots of potential. Watch out Greensboro, Durham will soon be taller and already has more density!

  2. I have to agree with Rufus. The final design is a bit uninspiring. It could well be a courthouse or some other government building just looking at this entrance rendering. Durham's has more visual impact or the kind of impact that suggests high art inside. Although I'm sure the building will be state of the art, I just wish more of that art was in the facade. Still, this is great for Greensboro.

  3. This is great news, but I will try to be cautiously optimistic. It's been my dream that Greensboro would break the 30 story barrier downtown. The late '80s to early '90s was a great period for tower development in Greensboro, but there has been little on that scale since then.

    While GSO will still trail Winston-Salem and Raliegh, it's skyline will at least be as dramatic. If it happens maybe other vertical developments will follow. I still think Greensboro's skyline is smaller than it should be for a city it's size. That might change with Honda and others moving in...
  4. if you are looking from where I view Greenboro's skyline, it will have a small impact. The frame work clearly stands above almost all the buildings in that part of downtown. Its the tallest building between Gateway Plaza and the Guilford Building and helps fill in the gap a little. buildings dont have to be 20-stories tall to have an impact on the skyline. Half of what makes a great skyline are midrise buildings, its not all about the tall buildings. High Point is a great example. Its downtown doesnt have but maybe one or two buildings that reach 10-stories but the density of midrise buildings make up for it. Great skylines have buildings that vary in height. And yes an 8-story building that just happens to be a jail will have an impact on building density in downtown Greensboro.

    I have to agree with Citiboi. Part of what makes downtown High Point and to some smaller extent Winston-Salem so interesting is the density of buildings 4 to 10 stories tall. Greensboro lacks any real density beyond Elm Street, so any new large mid-rise buildings are welcomed (even this ugly jail to some extent). What it offers to the urban streetscape is debatable, but structures of this scale will boost the base of Greensboro's skyline by filling in the many gaps that are visible from certain vantage points. Beyond aesthethics, as land prices rise downtown, more and larger multi-use facilities should increase the foot traffic downtown at all times of the day. I think Greensboro will see more mid-rise development, and hopefully something taller in the future. I get excited with any new developments downtown and I'm even more grateful considering the current economic climate, so there's nothing wrong with getting a little excited with each new announcement.

  5. ^^^I noticed the other day that it's being used on the Greensboro CVB website. It's nice!

    It's a excellent view of the skyline, but a little too Photoshoped for my tastes. I'm surprised the CVB would use that shot when I've seen the same photo with a normal (yet still dramatic) sky. I hope to take this same shot with a train moving through the station eventually.

  6. Why do you only come around the Triad threads when you have something negative you want to say? You never add anything constructive to our discussions. You're from Raleigh so it's natural that you'd think Raleigh has better nightlife than Greensboro. That's fine. To each his own.

    But unless you plan to comment substantively on Triad threads, do us a favor and don't. You obviously don't have any roots in the Triad or any desire to see it succeed in any form or fashion. So focus your attention on Raleigh instead.

    I recently took my girlfriend to Greensboro to meet my family. Being from Columbus, Ohio she had no expectations of Greensboro beyond the small town Southern stereotypes. I was proud that she thought that downtown Greensboro was vibrant - she even thought it reminded her of an area in Columbus called the Short North. I was actually surprised myself, being away for so many years. Truth be told, most major cities in North Carolina have areas of vibrant nightlife in or around downtowns. Having said that, I was surprised that the "scene" in Raliegh or Charlotte did not seem as vibrant or large as Greensboro's considering how much larger they are. This really surprised me about Raliegh more than Charlotte, as I always imagined it to be the place perferred by younger creatives. Asheville might have the most vibrant and diverse downtown nightlife scene of all NC cities, but Greensboro is not far behind.

  7. I guess I've just never noticed. The wall on Elm Street is now covered by big trees so I guess it masks the facade of the building. I do agree that it's fortress-esque.

    But at least in terms of downtown Greensboro, it's certainly not the worst, IMO.

    One of the most dissapointing newer building in downtown Greensboro has to be the SunTrust bank. It's more suited for a surburban office park than downtown.

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