Because of the Rittenhouse verdict I went looking for something old which I could use as a photographic metaphor. With the goal of conveying that society will make it through difficult times.
My thoughts are inline with president Biden’s response to the Rittenhouse verdict: “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken, I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.”
Today’s photo shows the Charlotte National Building built a long time ago. The building is engraved with MCMXVIII which are the Roman Numerals for the year 1918. Which, as it turns out, is a metaphor for and a reminder of the covid pandemic.
Today’s photo shows a different perspective of two buildings shown in yesterday’s photo. The Duke Energy Plaza under construction next to the Duke Energy Center.
Note that the Duke Energy Center was lite in red, when this photo was taken. Interestingly the Duke Energy Center lighting changes regularly … and you can make suggestions on the lighting. The following article explains the process to submit lighting suggestions … Charlotte Lights.
Today’s photo shows the Honeywell building and the Bank of America stadium in uptown Charlotte. The Honeywell website says the “The Future Is What We Make It” which I feel is a very positive approach to life. I really like the brand that Honeywell uses and if I were not so close to retirement I would be looking for job opportunities at Honeywell.
From a photography perspective; I especially like how the evening sun light highlights the parking garage in front of the Honeywell building. That and the trees with Fall foliage.
This morning I woke to this beautiful morning sunrise. With out any thought, I stepped out on to the patio to take this photo. Embarrassingly I realized, after the fact, that I was still in my underwear when I stepped out on to the patio. So there is maybe a photo out there where someone is complaining about their crazy neighbor.
The 12 story building, in the center of the photo, is my new office building. Hopefully the crazy neighbor photo does not come from the my new office (smile).
Recently, I met work colleagues for lunch at the Optimist Hall near uptown Charlotte. An optimistic team recently created a food hall in an old mill with tables setup for crowds to enjoy their meals and drinks outdoors. Each establishment is a private business and serve foods which include hamburger, pizza, Asian, Indian, Mexican, Argentinean, Mediterranean, and deserts. There are also lots of drinks offered.
The sign, in the middle foreground says “Thank you to those who sacrifice their time and safety to keep our community moving no matter what. You are essential and we are grateful.”
Things are looking up in Charlotte. As shown in this photo, the Duke Energy Plaza is close to complete. A recent news article states that Duke Energy plans to move their corporate headquarters into the new building.
Today’s photo shows the Nascar Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte. The sign in the middle says “This is our sport. This is our house”. With an emphases on the word “our”. And there is a lot of reality, in the word “our” given Charlotte embraces the sport.
Today’s photo shows an old and a new structure in the same photo. The structure, in the foreground, is what appears to the old parsonage at a church. The structure, in the background, is an apartment building called the Skyhouse.
Following are a few additional views of the McColl Center where the above photo was taken.
News articles indicate the banks plan to bring employees back to uptown Charlotte starting in September. Hopefully vaccination rates will increase, we defeat the Delta variant, and uptown comes back to life. It is within our reach; all we have to do, is get vaccinated.
In the South End district there is a discovery around every corner, which includes this beautiful building. The Catholic Charities is housed in this building as well as the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. I like the windows and the flowers.
This photo shows a new office building found in the South End district near Uptown Charlotte. I took this photo because of the unique architecture and the green space. The building is not occupied yet and I did not find a name.
The new office building is across the street from a new Holiday Inn. In addition there are buildings under construction all around this site. A Google search identifies the site was the Square at the South End.
Today’s photo shows a sign at the Charlotte Convention Center. With the help of photoshop I played with the camera distortion to highlight the sign. The three tall office towers (from left to right) are Three Wells Fargo Center, Two Wells Fargo Center, and One Wells Fargo Center.
The Convention Center is on the right of the photo.
The church styled building, on the left of the photo, is called Benedict Hall and is part of the Saint Peter Catholic Church.
Personal notes: The office towers are where I worked before the pandemic. The building, behind Benedict Hall, is the Ratcliffe Condos which is where my wife and I live. Now that I work from home; the Ratcliffe is my office.
Construction cranes are a common site in Uptown Charlotte. The tall building in the background is the 55 story Duke Energy Center. The tall cranes are constructing the Duke Energy tower which will be 40 stories when complete. The smaller cranes are working on an expansion to the convention center.
This is a photo of the newly constructed Marriott in Uptown Charlotte. It appears to be close to completion because they are planting trees in the green spaces around the building. I especially like the mirrors and glass in this perspective.
A recent article, found in the Charlotte Observer, stated that there are center city construction plans worth three billion dollars in 2021.
Connie says that the construction should be ahead of schedule because of reduced traffic during the pandemic. And we can attest that construction vehicles have taken over the streets. Often closing several lanes and only leaving one lane open.
I took this photo because it includes the South Carolina and the North Carolina flags as well as the US flag. The reason for three flags is because the building is The Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte Branch. It is a regional center for the Carolinas as a result both flags are flown.
Although I took the photo because of the flags; I am sharing the photo because our former Fed Chair, Janet Yellen, was just confirmed as the US Secretary of the Treasury. And the confirmation was bipartisan.