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Man charged in fatal beating of 62-year-old inside Fayetteville home
04/27/2017 11:36 AM
Matthew J. SmithA man was charged Thursday in connection with the death of a 62-year-old who was found beaten inside his Fayetteville home and later died.

Wake superintendent lends a helping hand on Habitat for home for bus driver
04/27/2017 10:18 AM
Wake superintendent lends a helping hand on Habitat for home for bus driverWake County Public School System Superintendent Jim Merrill traded his suit for a hardhat Friday to help work on a Habitat for Humanity home for one of the system's bus drivers.

Police body cameras still sensitive topic for lawmakers
04/27/2017 10:11 AM
Raleigh police continue vetting body camerasLess than seven months after a state law restricting the release of footage from police body and dashboard cameras took effect, lawmakers once again engaged in a heated debate Thursday over who should have access to those videos.

Officials: Low-lying areas of Wilson wait to dry out from heavy rain
04/27/2017 09:40 AM
Wilson floodingSeveral homes and businesses in Wilson County remained underwater Thursday following heavy rain earlier in the week, as the area continues to struggle to recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Pitt County deputies shoot gun-wielding suspect
04/27/2017 08:19 AM
Shooting Night Pitt County deputies shot a gun-wielding suspect on Wednesday at a home in Greenville.

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Pic of the Week
04/27/2017 04:00 AM
A sneak peek at the GoRaleigh Transit Station as it wraps up construction. We’re in the final weeks here and next week, all the bus routes will move back into the station. The renovations include new bathrooms, an upgraded kiosk, lots of digital signage, and smart card pay stations among others. The walk from Moore […]

Waiting For Moore Square’s Latest Makeover
04/26/2017 04:00 AM
Moore Square April 2017 While walking through Moore Square recently, I couldn’t help but feel that the square is primed and ready to go on its upcoming renovation. With the nearby GoRaleigh Transit Station renovation wrapping up, Moore Square’s number is coming up. Indeed, the square is planned to start construction this Spring but the […]

Municipography: Peace Street West Streetscape Improvements
04/19/2017 04:00 AM
Municipography is a summary of current issues going through the Raleigh City Council and other municipal departments in the city. The point is to try to deliver any video, photos, and text associated with the discussions happening at City Hall or elsewhere. Since this is a downtown Raleigh blog, the focus is on the center […]

WakeUP and Explore: 2017 City Livability Tour is on April 29
04/12/2017 04:00 AM
Whiskey Kitchen on Martin Street, an example of adaptive reuse On Saturday, April 29, WakeUP Wake County is hosting their 3rd annual livability tour with stops all over the southern parts of downtown Raleigh. The “go at your own pace” tour will have stops at a lot of the projects we talk about here on […]

Pic of the Week
04/10/2017 04:00 AM
The first wave of townhomes at Hargett Place are almost finished. Lined up on Bloodworth Street, shown above, these units are being shown to potential residents now and more units are coming together on East Street. Similar Posts: Hargett Place Planning Townhomes on East Hargett Street (March 13, 2016, 11 Comments) Pic of the Week […]

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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.