Eyesores

The recent events and announcements have certainly spread joy and optimism among those of Raleigh's residents who follow the news on the city's growth. Our downtown has finally taken a direction that many mid-sized cities would envy, and our city focus areas (i.e. North Hills) are becoming true centers of activity. Although we would like to praise the hard work and the vision our city leaders are slowly adopting, we must recognize that this is only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the [positive] changes lie not only a mix of attractive features and quaint neighborhoods, but also a series of eyesores and poorly planned areas, the result of uncontrolled urban sprawl and poor design for which city officials and developers are equally responsible. This section will present some of the eyesores that RaleighMSA.com has managed to discover and capture, for all its visitors to see. Hopefully, Raleigh's population will react to these eyesores and press the city for strict urban guidelines. Not the kind that prevents economic growth, but the type of responsible and helpful guidelines that will prevent poor planning and eyesores from showing their ugly face in our city.

Our first stop will be none other than the not-so-successful Clarion Hotel, in Crabtree Valley. Although the city has approved Raleigh's new tallest skyscraper - Soleil Center; former Glen-Tree - for this site, RaleighMSA.com would like to share with you the eyesore that today stands on that lot. The former Clarion Hotel has certainly seen better days, but it proved to be, nevertheless, an unsuccessful investment. Left to rot, the former Clarion Hotel is nothing but a neglected, decrepit and dangerous structure. Soleil Group, the current owner of this building, is moving fast to remove this eyesore and replace it with an elegant tower, but I would still like to dedicate the photo below to all those who opposed Soleil Center, for whatever reason.

Clarion Hotel

Clarion Hotel

Clarion Hotel

Clarion Hotel