Winston-Salem’s skyline is still more impressive than Raleigh’s (though that will probably change in the next 5 yrs). The former Wachovia building is STILL tallest in NC outside Charlotte and has 34 floors.
Sorry Raleigh fans…..spires don’t count as rooftops and two more floors counts for something!!!
Your previous comment (below) on Greensboro really puts this comment in perspective. I feel like you’re completely mixed up on what makes a good city and place to live. Winston has culture, arts, plenty of festivals and activities, and plenty of things to do for its size. Gboro has suburban sprawl and strip malls.
“I notice you have great pictures of Winston, Charlotte, and of course Raleigh, but why not some Greensboro pictures? It’s a real nice city I think it would be great to look at in this collection of cities you have.”
Raleigh clearly has more density and three buildings over 400 ft to Winston’s two. The height of the tallest building doesn’t matter much when they’re closely matched. PNC is 78 ft taller on paper. If it were a 38 floor building, instead of a 33 floor building with a spire, it probably would look noticeably taller than 100 N Main Street. In person they look about the same though.
Winston-Salem has a couple architectural gems in its downtown, and the distribution of buildings is pretty good too. Overall, Raleigh has a better skyline, but relative to the city’s size, Winston beats Raleigh. Raleigh is nearly twice as large as Winston-Salem and while its downtown feels much more alive at night than W-S, its skyline is small for a city of its size and importance. This is likely to change. With the RTP nearby, they could potentially snag towers for many international tech corporations. IBM-Lenovo, GlaxoSmithKline, Cisco, Bayer, RTI… the city has the potential to explode like Charlotte and Austin did, but it has to find a way to convince these companies to set up their HQs there, and not just have them build office parks sitting next to the R+D divisions out in RTP.
A very honest and correct assessment of the 2 cities. I am a liofelong resident of Winston Salem andd I have always been proud of our skyline. The only negative I have of raleigh is the traffus but that’s a given withsuch a large population
Looking at the skylines of the 2 cities you would never know Raleigh is twice the size of Winston Salem. In fact until PNC was built Raleigh looked smaller than Winston. You guys have just recently caught up with us LOL
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