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Durham church offers sanctuary to man facing deportation
12/13/2017 04:10 PM
Durham church offers sanctuary to man facing deportationA Durham pastor says his church is more concerned with what is just than what is legal.

NCDOT: Pilot program on I-540 will help curb wrong-way crashes
12/13/2017 04:00 PM
Durham wrong-way crash serves as sign of bigger problem in NCAccording to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were more than 500 wrong-way crashes between 2000 and 2016. Another one happened early Wednesday morning, when, according to Durham police, Qianyu Hang, 25, of Raleigh, was driving a white Toyota RAV4 east in the westbound lanes and collided with a FedEx 2018 Volvo 18-wheeler driven by Tyrone Hines, 68, of Pinetops.

Thanks to widow, legacy of 'Bicycle Man' lives on in Fayetteville
12/13/2017 03:40 PM
Legacy of Fayetteville's 'Bicycle Man' lives on The legacy of the "Bicycle Man" lives on another year in Fayetteville, thanks to the wife of Moses Mathis.

Clear skies offer great view of Geminid meteor shower Wednesday, Thursday
12/13/2017 02:53 PM
Conditions are right for a great showing of the annual Geminid meteor shower as it peaks Wednesday and Thursday. This is anticipated to be the best meteor shower of the year.

Cash flow in Wake deeds office 'designed to help embezzlement'
12/13/2017 02:50 PM
Former Wake County register of deeds turns herself in after indictmentLongtime Wake County Register of Deeds Laura Riddick, who was indicted Tuesday along with three of her former employees on charges they embezzled more than $1 million from the county office, surrendered to authorities Wednesday morning.

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Pic of the Week
12/11/2017 03:00 AM
A crane has shown up at the site of The Metropolitan. The parking deck is being put together and foundation work has begun. It’s great to see the site being rebuilt after the fire in March of this year. The area nearby is undergoing a lot of change so it’s nice to see planned residential […]

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Map of the Week
12/08/2017 03:00 AM
Click for larger I was perusing through the latest updates for the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan when I spotted this beauty of a map. Technically, it’s not new but just a revised (better looking) map of proposed retail streets in downtown Raleigh. I wanted to post it here for reference. New developments along these identified […]

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Downtown Wayfinding Kiosks
12/05/2017 03:00 AM
If you can’t see the embedded video, click here. During the November 8, 2017 city council meeting, city staff and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance gave a nice update on plans to bring interactive wayfinding kiosks to downtown Raleigh. Negotiations are ongoing with Orange Barrel Media, producers of IKE, an “interactive kiosk experience” and if all […]

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Pic of the Week
11/29/2017 03:00 AM
The construction site at Boylan Flats is really moving now. The 48-unit apartment building on the 600 block of North Boylan will most likely finish sometime next year. I wonder if those south facing units may one-day be just a few feet away from a future development on the corner of Boylan and Johnson. That […]

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Site Plans Show Renovation Work Planned for 107 West Hargett, Father and Son Building
11/27/2017 03:00 AM
Here’s a pretty cool project that popped up on the city’s development site. SR-103-17 gives us hints at what is planned for the building at 107 West Hargett, the current location of Father and Son. The shop will be moving over to the warehouse district in the near future but until then plans for additional […]

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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.