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Severe storms possible through Wednesday night
09/28/2016 05:03 PM
Doppler - Central NCThe Triangle remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. as storms moving through the area bring the potential for strong winds and hail hail.

Audit: Doc overcharged the state $500K to treat prisoners
09/28/2016 04:13 PM
North Carolina Department of CorrectionAn audit of records from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety found that a doctor contracted to treat prisoners overstated time worked, to the tune of at least $567,125 in overpayments.

'Everything went dark' before shooting paralyzed Raleigh woman
09/28/2016 04:08 PM
Shooting leaves Raleigh woman paralyzedA Raleigh woman saw her life change in a matter of minutes when she was shot and robbed near her home less than a month ago.

People line up in Raleigh in hopes of expunging records
09/28/2016 04:05 PM
People look to expunge records during Raleigh eventNearly a thousand people registered over the last week to have their records expunged. A few hundred more were expected Tuesday night at the Torchlight Academy in Raleigh.

North Hills residents want city's help to alleviate traffic
09/28/2016 04:03 PM
Traffic a main concern for North Hills residentsThe City of Raleigh is looking into changes to help frustrated neighbors who want to alleviate some of the traffic problems in the North Hills area.

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Boylan Flats Plans 48 Apartments on Boylan Avenue
09/15/2016 04:00 AM
Future site of Boylan Flats Site plans for Boylan Flats were submitted (SR-066-16) to the city recently, a new development consisting of 48 apartments at 615 North Boylan Avenue. This is the surface parking lot directly behind the McDonald’s that faces Peace Street and The Paramount across Boylan Avenue. Rather than a 200+ unit, multi-property […]

Pic of the Week
09/12/2016 08:59 AM
More like Render of the Week. Above is the rendering for Hargett Place, a group of 19 townhomes for East Hargett Street. I’m into this project because of the high-quality (perceived anyway) as well as unique townhome design shown in these renderings. This is a housing type that I think is hugely lacking around downtown […]

Pic of the Week
09/08/2016 04:00 AM
Looking up at the crane over the site of The Dillon, it gives you a sense of what kind of presence the new building will be along Harrington Street. (assuming the crane is at its highest height, not to be raised later, of course) Similar Posts: Diving Into The Site Plans for The Dillon (November […]

Citycamp NC 2016 is on September 22-24
09/02/2016 04:00 AM
Registration for this year’s Citycamp NC is open to the public and once again, I’m helping spread the word about this fantastic unconference. In its sixth year, Citycamp NC continues to get bigger and this time will be in downtown Raleigh at Nash Hall. CityCamp NC is a three day unconference event focused on innovation […]

A Walk up South Street
09/01/2016 04:00 AM
West South Street, August 2016 On a warm Sunday morning, I took a walk along South Street, an area of downtown Raleigh that has a lot to talk about. South Street used to be the original southern boundary to the entire city. Today, you could argue it’s the southern boundary of downtown but generally Western […]

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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.