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Wildlife making itself at home in Triangle
07/30/2015 02:52 PM
CoyoteArea residents are encountering more wild animals in urban settings, and researchers say people should get used to the idea.

Rising rent forcing downtown Raleigh businesses to relocate
07/30/2015 02:30 PM
Rising rent in downtown RaleighSome Raleigh downtown businesses in the urban core have been forced close their doors and go elsewhere because they can't afford the monthly rent.

DA won't pursue death penalty in Durham store clerk's shooting
07/30/2015 01:50 PM
Amer Mahmood, Durham homicide victimDurham County prosecutors say they don't plan to try the July 4 robbery and slaying of a convenience store clerk as a capital case.

Prosecutor: 'Buck stopped' with Matthews couple
07/30/2015 01:01 PM
Dr. Charles Matthews and Kimberley MatthewsThe jury began deliberation Thursday afternoon to decide whether Dr. Charles and Kimberly Matthews will be charged with supplying alcohol to minors at a June 2014 wedding.

Two men arrested after Subway robbery
07/30/2015 12:58 PM
WRAL NewsTwo men were arrested after robbing the Subway on Rock Quarry Road around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday night, according to authorities. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Pic of the Week
07/29/2015 04:00 AM
The view of The Edison Apartments at the corner of Wilmington and Davie Streets. Here’s the same view almost a year ago. The building is topped out and it looks like residents might be moving in around the end of the year. Similar Posts: A Walk Around The Edison Block (April 12, 2015, 23 Comments) […]

Greyhound Apartments Plans 250 Apartments on Jones Street
07/27/2015 04:00 AM
The former Greyhound terminal on Jones Street A site plan (SP-53-15) was submitted to the city for what’s being called Greyhound Apartments for 250 units on the west side of the block bounded by Jones, Lane, Harrington, and Dawson Streets. The work is being done by the same group that brought us The Lincoln apartments, […]

Municipography, 301 Hillsborough Street and Advent Church Building on Person Street
07/23/2015 05:43 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 […]

Raleigh Union Station Construction, Summer 2015
07/20/2015 04:00 AM
This past weekend, I stepped out onto the end of Martin Street real quick to see if there was anything going on at the Raleigh Union Station construction site. The photo above was taken on Saturday and shows no visible signs of construction. (except the street barricades) Perhaps last minute plans are still being worked […]

Pic of the Week
07/15/2015 04:00 AM
The Ten really coming along on Person Street. Similar Posts: The Ten Brings Modern Townhomes to Person Street (June 12, 2014, 37 Comments) Pic of the Week (September 21, 2014, 15 Comments) Pic of the Week (December 21, 2014, 2 Comments)

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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.