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Cumberland family spends first Thanksgiving without slain father
11/27/2014 02:45 PM
James Stocks, Cumberland homicide victimThe Stocks family mourn the loss of their father, James Stocks, who was found shot to death inside his home days before Thanksgiving.

One hospitalized after early morning house fire in Raleigh
11/27/2014 10:16 AM
Raleigh house fireOne person is in the hospital following a Raleigh house fire authorities are calling suspicious.

Donations, volunteers fuel Durham mission's Thanksgiving meal
11/27/2014 09:14 AM
Ready to chopHundreds of volunteers worked through the night to serve a massive meal for the needy that has become a long-standing holiday tradition.

One killed, another injured in Durham Freeway wreck
11/27/2014 05:01 AM
Deadly crashPolice say a driver and passenger fled the scene of a Wednesday night wreck on the Durham Freeway that left one person dead and another critically injured.

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle feeds, educates with culinary program
11/26/2014 08:17 PM
Inter-Faith Food ShuttleStudents in the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's culinary job training program helped prepare Thanksgiving meals for hundreds this holiday season.

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Pic of the Week
11/27/2014 02:48 PM
The Raleigh Space parklet on Salisbury Street continues to evolve and the team is still working on it. The parklet was installed in early October and is Raleigh’s first. Similar Posts: Pic of the Week (October 5, 2014, 21 Comments) Raleigh [ ] Space Brings Parklet, Endless Possibilities, to Salisbury Street (June 4, 2014, 4 […]

The Citrix Opening and More Warehouse District Retail Space
11/27/2014 02:48 PM
Over the last few months, the polish has wrapped up on the new Citrix office site along West Street and today employees are moved in. In case you haven’t seen them, there are some fantastic photos of the new complex up on the company’s Flickr page that you should take a look at. The opening […]

Weekend Exposure: Moore Fall
11/27/2014 02:48 PM
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The Four Sides to The Lincoln
11/27/2014 02:48 PM
The Lincoln Apartments, corner of East and Martin Streets Here’s a construction update on The Lincoln, an apartment building being built to the east of Moore Square. Some parts of the project have topped out, giving you a sense of how big it will be. The Martin Street half is busy finishing the parking deck […]

More to Charter Square Than Just a Tower
11/27/2014 02:48 PM
Click for larger Here’s a nice Fall photo of the Charter Square construction site on the south end of Fayetteville Street. The southern tower has topped out and siding is starting to rise up along each side. You can also see the space for the future northern tower to the right in the foreground. What […]

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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.