Local News:

Salvation Army of Wake County desperately needs food donations
12/02/2016 08:36 PM
Wake County Salvation ArmyWith nearly empty shelves, the Salvation Army of Wake County's pantry is alarming, especially during the holiday season.

Durham firefighters fight western NC wildfires
12/02/2016 07:44 PM
Durham firefighters fight western NC wildfiresFirefighters from across the Triangle, including a group from Durham, headed to the western North Carolina wildfires to lend a helping hand.

Strangers' super-human efforts save woman's life
12/02/2016 06:00 PM
Sherry TaylorNancy Smith and Sherry Taylor are two of the people who helped save a woman trapped beneath her car on New Bern Avenue.

Durham seeks more time for vote recount, state says no
12/02/2016 05:15 PM
Durham County Board of ElectionsDurham County elections officials asked Friday for more time to finish a state-ordered recount of more than 90,000 ballots from the Nov. 8 election, but the State Board of Elections said no.

'It's my passion now': Bicycle Man's widow continues holiday tradition
12/02/2016 04:52 PM
Ann Mathis, widow of 'Bicycle Man' Moses MathisMoses Mathis, known as the "Bicycle Man" in Fayetteville, passed away 3 years ago. For 26 years he let children have their pick of donated bicycles he repaired for Christmas. It's a tradition his wife now continues. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Gramercy Apartments Completed and Pharmacy + Market Now Open
12/01/2016 04:00 AM
Completed over the summer, The Gramercy Apartments is now open. The Glenwood South apartment building also has one retailer in it’s space at the corner of North Street and Glenwood Avenue. Glenwood South Pharmacy and Market is a full-service pharmacy and small grocery store. Below are some photos showing a wide selection of eats and […]

Revisiting 301 Hillsborough Street and Plans For 20-Story, Mixed-Use Building
11/29/2016 04:00 AM
Email readers: This blog post has a virtual reality image. Read the post on the blog to see it. Looking at 301 Hillsborough Street from across Dawson Street. Recently submitted site plans for 301 Hillsborough give us some more details as to what might come for the surface parking lots along Hillsborough and Morgan Streets. […]

Discussing the R-Line on Inbound Raleigh
11/21/2016 07:19 AM
I was recently invited to talk about the R-Line on the Raleigh transit podcast, Inbound Raleigh. We gathered some ridership numbers over the lifespan of the R-Line, which is approaching its eighth birthday in February, and talked about the history of the downtown circulator. Have a listen and let me know what you think, about […]

Christ Church Expansion Completed on Edenton Street
11/17/2016 04:32 AM
I’ve been a little behind on posting about completed projects so expect a few of those over the coming weeks. The Christ Church expansion looks to be completed, at least from the outside. The new accessible entrance and meeting spaces were built over some of the surface parking at the corner of Edenton and Blount […]

South Street Area Plans More Residential with 522 South Harrington
11/11/2016 04:00 AM
The end of South Harrington Street. November 2016. We just can’t seem to get away from the South Street area. Recently submitted site plans for 522 South Harrington Street are for a “47 unit mixed use residential building with structured parking and street-level commercial space.” The building will be 5 stories tall at 75 feet […]

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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.