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Police investigate death at north Raleigh apartment complex
07/01/2016 04:28 AM
Police investigate death at north Raleigh apartment complexPolice responded on Friday morning to a shooting at a north Raleigh apartment complex.

Isolated storms could dampen weekend plans across the state
07/01/2016 04:24 AM
U.S. Forecast Day 4From the beach to the mountains, holiday weekend plans could be dodging scattered storms.

Delays possible near I-85 at Virginia-North Carolina line
07/01/2016 04:07 AM
Possible I-85 delaysTransportation officials say motorists traveling between Virginia and North Carolina on Interstate 85 during the Fourth of July holiday can expect heavy delays because of construction near the state border.

17-year-old killed in Goldsboro shooting
07/01/2016 04:06 AM
Shooting Night A 17-year-old male was shot and killed in Goldsboro on Friday morning, police said.

8 Triangle-area Noodles & Company locations hit by customer data breach
07/01/2016 02:03 AM
Noodles & CompanyA handful of Triangle-area Noodles & Company locations were among the chain's restaurants affected in a widespread data breach, the company said in a news release.

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Revisiting The Gateway Center
06/30/2016 04:00 AM
The end of Kindley Street, June 2016. Click for a larger, wider view of the site. I wanted to turn our attention today to what is being called downtown’s Gateway Center. The Downtown Plan calls out the area around the Performing Arts Center and the Raleigh Convention Center as a possible “catalytic project area” and […]

Pic of the Week
06/27/2016 04:00 AM
Click for larger The Dillon Supply Company warehouse is mostly gone and the walls that are planned to be saved as part of the new development, The Dillon, have been braced up by steel supports. Similar Posts: Pic of the Week (January 12, 2016, 15 Comments) Diving Into The Site Plans for The Dillon (November […]

New Office Space Coming to the Former Dr Pepper Warehouse on Dawson Street
06/15/2016 04:00 AM
Former Dr Pepper Bottling Plant on Dawson Street The former Dr Pepper Bottling Plant is being renovated for new office space. The recruiting firm Personify will be moving about 70 employees to the new space on Dawson Street from their current Cary location. Maurer Architecture has a great blog post about the work taking place […]

Pic of the Week
06/10/2016 04:00 AM
The former Greyhound Bus Station on Jones Street has now been demolished. With the site cleared, construction of the Greyhound Apartments should begin. Personally, I hope they change the name but that’s just me. Imaps shows the property having a built date of 1971 so the Greyhound Station made it 45 years if that is […]

Save The Date, November 8, 2016, For A Vote On Transit in Wake
06/08/2016 04:00 AM
The Wake County Board of Commissioners are in on the recommended transit plan for the county and they want voters to approve a tax increase in order to pay for it. This week, the vote passed and on the November 8 ballot, we’ll have an opportunity to approve or not a 1/2 cent sales tax […]

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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.