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'Touchdowns for Thys:' Opposing teams support injured 14-year-old football player
10/19/2017 08:30 PM
'Touchdowns for Thys:' Opposing teams support injured 14-year-old football playerOpposing teams, Orange High School and Northwood High School, are holding fundraisers to support a local football player who was injured.

49-year-old found dead under car near Harnett County home
10/19/2017 07:28 PM
Deputies investigating death of Harnett County man as homicideThe Harnett County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide after a body was found in a yard Thursday morning.

WWII planes bring living history to RDU this weekend
10/19/2017 03:39 PM
B-17 lands at RDUA flying display that landed at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday will allow visitors to touch and see a little bit of history.

Legislative leaders: Cooper 'lied about wanting to end focus on HB2'
10/19/2017 03:34 PM
LGBT groups petition for HB2 repealLegislative leaders angrily fired back at Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday over his agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over transgender access to public bathrooms that was filed after House Bill 2 went into effect last year.

Heart of Matthew Awards recognize heroism during hurricane
10/19/2017 03:12 PM
Heart of Matthew AwardsThe Cumberland Disaster Recovery Committee presents three individuals and five organizations with Heart of Matthew Awards for their efforts to save people's lives during and after Hurricane Matthew last year.

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The Fairweather Announces High-End Condos at 522 Harrington Street
10/17/2017 03:00 AM
Rendering courtesy of Monarch Realty A project that I highlighted here on the blog back in November 2016 is now in the presale phase. The Fairweather will be a five-story condo building with 45 total units. The location is in between downtown Raleigh and the future Dix Park. See it on Google maps here. Location […]

Strategy Forming Over Uses of City-owned Land in Downtown Raleigh
10/12/2017 03:00 AM
The city has been moving forward with plans on how best to utilize the land they own in downtown Raleigh. Sell? Develop? To whom and for what? The idea is to utilize the land that has now increased in value over the last few decades and put it towards supporting some policy goals in the […]

Pic of the Week
10/10/2017 03:00 AM
The site for One Glenwood has been cleared and from Hillsborough Street you can get a sense of the view the offices will have of the core business district and of the warehouse district. Similar Posts: Pic of the Week (June 30, 2017, 17 Comments) A Walk Up North West Street (December 30, 2016, 36 […]

Pic of the Week
10/02/2017 03:00 AM
Marbles Kids Museum has purchased some property nearby with plans to expand. The building adjacent to the courtyard next to Marbles will be home to the expansion. This comes in addition to their plans for another courtyard at the corner of Morgan and Blount Street. Marbles is a huge asset to downtown Raleigh and there […]

Reader Meetup on Wednesday 10/4!
09/28/2017 03:05 AM
Thanks to all of our friends and family who came out the past few days and have continued to support us. We couldn't do it without you!! A post shared by Little City Brewing (@littlecityral) on Oct 21, 2016 at 10:59am PDT What started as an idea over coffee will now take place over a […]

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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.