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Old Posted Apr 29, 2008, 12:41 AM
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Smile Charlotte tour from 22 floors up

Photos of Charlotte taken from the 22nd and top floor of the Hilton Center City.


The large building in the center is the Charlotte Plaza, which has Bentley's on 27 on the top floor. To the left is the BB&T building in all it's '70's glory. The top few floors of the large parking deck on the left is occupied by the Courtyard hotel.


On the far left we can see the very top of the Midtown Plaza, built in 1924. To the right is the top of 200 South Tryon, built in 1961, and in the very back we have the Carillon built in 1991.


A wider view looking north. The construction in the very center of the photo is 210 Trade, a 50 floor condo tower. You can see the light rail Blue line on the bottom right.


A better view of the Hearst tower, currently the 2nd tallest building in Charlotte until the completion of the new Wachovia tower in 2009.


The Aloft Hotel under construction, part of the Epicenter/210 Trade development. Behind it to the right you can see the Ritz-Carlton hotel under construction. You can't see it, but behind the Ritz-Carlton is the construction site for the new Bank of America building, which will be about twice as tall as the Ritz.


The recently renamed Time Warner Cable Arena, which has been very busy this year hosting the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, ECHL Charlotte Checkers, CIAA Basketball tournament, ACC basketball tournament, and regional NCAA tournament games. The ugly teal building is the Charlotte Transportation Center.


On the right is the Park condos under construction. The dome in the distance just to the left of the Park is the old Cricket Arena. Closer, below that you can see the old Memorial Stadium.


Looking down at the 3rd street light rail station.

Now we're going to look out the other side of the building, south.


Looking towards the Southpark "skyline" about 7 or so miles south of downtown.


The Westin hotel. Behind it, the I-277 beltway. In front of it is the Convention center. In the bottom left you can see the light rail line.


Looking over I-277 towards Southend we see some residential buildings including the pink Arlington, and the Dowd YMCA. Currently the interchanges here on I-277 are being redone to free up some more land for redevelopment.


The NASCAR Hall of Fame and office tower under construction.


Foreground is the Bellsouth building. The white buildings in the distance are part of the Carolina's Medical Center and the Levine Children's Hospital.


On the right is One Wachovia Center.


Looking up at One Wachovia, the current 3rd tallest building in Charlotte, built in 1988.


Looking south at night.


Big pimpin' in the Executive Lounge atop the Hilton. Ah bachelor parties. If you are looking for an upscale gentleman's club in walking distance from center city, I recommend the Uptown Cabaret.

Okay, here are some more recent photos of Charlotte I've taken. Enjoy:




Firehouse Museum, in a pre-WWII fire station. There is currently a debate about making this a historic building. Because of Charlotte's unwritten rule about tearing down everything historic, you know.


Odell building, and the Hall House, built in 1940.


Dunhill Hotel, built in 1927.




7th Street light rail station.


Lots of construction going on in the center city.


On the left is the new Wachovia tower, which will be the new 2nd tallest in Charlotte. In front is the new African American Cultural Center.


On the right is the Catalyst condos under construction.

Hope you enjoyed this little tour of uptown Charlotte. Thanks!
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2008, 1:31 AM
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Sure did, thank you!
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2008, 2:04 AM
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superb! that must of been a fun time in that suite, it looks really nice.
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2008, 2:07 AM
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Very interesting to see, there is lots of construction going on. Thanks for the tour.
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Old Posted Apr 29, 2008, 2:46 AM
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Charlotte is impressive.
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man, no wonder they call it the queen city. Charlotte is lookin good.
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You guys always had a skyline to be envious of, and it's only going to get better in the next 2 years. Thanks for the pics.
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Charlotte always had a really nice balanced out skyline! Especailly from this view:

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great pics. Epicenter's still not topped out yet? they've been working on it for a while now...

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Nice tour, thanks for the pics!
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Wowsers, I had absolutely no idea there was so much construction in Charlotte. Looking good!
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You guys always had a skyline to be envious of, and it's only going to get better in the next 2 years. Thanks for the pics.
I was thinking the same thing. Thanks for the tour, good stuff.
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Lot of constrruction goin on.

I love this window and view:


Looks like something from a star wars starcruiser. More bldgs should have these, IMO.

Nice pics. The top of that Hilton seems to be a good vantage point.
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Great to see Charlotte back on SkyscraperPage. Thanks for posting these.
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Yep can't wait to see how the skyline looks in a year or two.
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Good pictures....we don't see a lot of Charlotte.
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Yep can't wait to see how the skyline looks in a year or two.
Yes, especially with today's release of renderings for the new Trump Charlotte!

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Wow great shots!

Your LRT is SEXY!
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