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Man suffers severe burns in Johnston County meth lab explosion
12/18/2014 02:23 AM
Johnston County meth lab explosionA 22-year-old man was airlifted to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center Wednesday night after an explosion in a mobile home on Bizzell Grove Church Road, located between Pine Level and Princeton, authorities said.

One person killed in shooting near Cumberland courthouse
12/17/2014 08:13 PM
Cumberland courthouse shootingOne person was shot and killed near the Cumberland County Courthouse Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Louisburg skydiver rescued from tree
12/17/2014 08:12 PM
WRAL NewsA skydiver suffered minor injuries Wednesday night after he became stuck in a tree on Turf Farm Lane, authorities said.

Husband, wife dead in Wake murder-suicide
12/17/2014 08:12 PM
Garner shootingA man killed his wife, then attempted to take his own life inside a home near Garner Wednesday evening, authorities said.

Officer shoots man at Raleigh business while responding to 911 call
12/17/2014 07:00 PM
Police incident on Barrett DrivePolice say a man was injured Wednesday morning when an officer shot him while responding to a 911 call at a northeast Raleigh office building.

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Introducing DT Hoods, A Neighborhood Mapping Project
12/18/2014 02:26 AM
I’ve been interested in building a mapping project using the lightweight javascript library Leaflet and today I wanted to post what I’ve got. Far from complete, it may never be, but over at Hoods.DTRaleigh.com I have posted a project called DT Hoods and am attempting to map neighborhoods and nearby points of interest near downtown […]

Flurry of Activity on East Peace Street
12/18/2014 02:26 AM
Corner of Peace and Person Streets I recently took a walk around East Peace Street and there is just so much happening here these days. On this particular weekday morning, the sounds of construction dominate. The hum of machinery, the beeping of vehicles, the hammering of nails are just some of the things you hear […]

Video: Wake Transit Plan Kick Off Meeting
12/18/2014 02:26 AM
Wake Transit Plan Kick Off Meeting on YouTube I just wanted to share this real quick. Here’s the video from this week’s transit meeting that took place at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was a great presentation by Jarrett Walker and I encourage readers to watch the whole thing. In addition, you can follow the […]

Downtown Raleigh Hotel Scene Being Looked at in Upcoming Study
12/18/2014 02:26 AM
The Hampton Inn in Glenwood South During this week’s Raleigh City Council meeting, money was approved to go towards a Downtown Hotel Market Feasibility Study. The city’s press release sums it up. Downtown Raleigh has changed dramatically since the last hotel market study for the area was completed in 2003. The rebirth of the center […]

Glenwood South Construction Photos, November 2014
12/18/2014 02:26 AM
This week I went on a walk up and down Glenwood South and took some photos of random projects in the area. I just wanted to share some of them for those that haven’t been in that area recently. Corner of West and Jones Street. The Link Apartment projects will be going here. Carolina Ale […]

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History of Raleigh

Oak Tree Raleigh is also known as the "City of Oaks," mainly because of the numerous oak trees that adorn the entire city. Yet aside from these functions, the city is also North Carolina's capital and Wake County's seat. According to a count for July 2006, Raleigh's population is estimated to be around 353,604, thus making the capital one of America's rapidly expanding cities. In fact, Raleigh ranks fourth in the "List of Best Big Cities in 2006" by Money Magazine. Of course, anyone who is familiar with the city's history is not at all surprised by such a remarkable development. Since Raleigh is among the selected US cities intentionally developed to be a state capital, it can easily be said that the city is destined for expansion and progress.

Long before becoming a state capital, the city was called as the "Wake Crossroads," a name that gives a clear idea regarding the city's geographical function. At that time, Raleigh served as a place where travelers from either north or south could rest and maybe have a drink in one of its taverns. The place was eventually chosen to be North Carolina's capital in 1788. According to some accounts, "Wake Crossroads" was selected since it was within a 10-mile radius of Isaac Hunter's Tavern, a place popular among legislators at that time. But it was in 1792 when Raleigh was formally established as North Carolina's capital.

Sir Walter Raleigh That same year, the North Carolina General Assembly bought a lot from a local businessman and started making plans for Raleigh, which was by the way, modeled after Philadelphia, the US capital state at that time. The city got its name from Sir Walter Raleigh, who sponsored the Colony of Roanoke. The aforementioned assembly held its first meeting in the capital in December 1794. A month after that, the legislative body officially granted Raleigh a charter along with an "Intendant Police" (Mayor) and seven commissioners. John Haywood was Raleigh's first "Intendant Police."

Although Raleigh was lucky to be spared from destruction during the Civil War, the city remained little in size until streetcar lines were introduced in the 1920s. Since then, Raleigh began to grow, eventually transforming into one of the state's commercial hubs. A railroad was also constructed to link the city to neighboring communities. By the end of the Second World War, Raleigh had undergone many significant developments, particularly in its infrastructure. What used to be a rural community evolved into a bustling urban center. The development of the city's infrastructure is largely attributed to the founding of the North Carolina State University School of Design in 1948. But the construction and existence of the Research Triangle Park in the 1959 also brought big changes to the city. With a 7,000 acre land area, the RTP is the world's biggest research park, comprising Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. With its high-tech facilities, the RTP is also among the global leaders in scientific research and development.

As education is essential to any improvement of a city, Raleigh also has many universities and colleges. Aside from the North Carolina State University, other schools in the capital include Shaw University, St. Augustine's College, Meredith College, Wake Tech Community College, and Peace College. Both St. Augustine's and Shaw were founded towards the end of the 1860s, as schools for the freed slaves after the Civil War. Shaw was the premier university founded for that particular purpose in the country. In 1874, the Estey Hall was added to provide higher learning to women of African-American ethnicity.