Once upon a time, Burlington Industries brought the world to Greensboro. Its executives came and went from a helipad atop the corporate headquarters, an award-winning landmark of steel and glass on a corporate campus of stunning maple trees.
The company prospered; the town became a city.
The city grew; the world changed. Eventually, no one could find much use for a textile company's corporate world headquarters.
So on May 23, 2005, they brought it down.
Various efforts to save this stunning building--Ed called it "one of the finest examples of corporate modern architecture in the southeast"--came to naught. Over in Chapel Hill, it strikes me as a dose of humility.