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Deputies shoot, kill home invader who assaulted ex-girlfriend
02/19/2017 12:00 PM
Police Crime SceneA home invasion suspect was fatally shot by deputies in Orange County on Saturday, officials said.

Driver with gunshot wound dies after crashing car into home
02/19/2017 11:17 AM
Police Crime SceneA man who drove into a Fayetteville home on Saturday has died from gunshot wounds.

New NC Democratic leader talks rural vote, diversity
02/19/2017 11:10 AM
NC Democratic Party elects Wayne Goodwin as chairWayne Goodwin has been immersed in the North Carolina Democratic Party for most of his life, served in the Legislature for eight years and was elected state insurance commissioner in 2008.

Man, 25, dies in 80-foot fall from North Carolina waterfall
02/19/2017 11:09 AM
WRAL NewsAuthorities say a 25-year-old man had died after falling over a waterfall at a North Carolina state park in Burke County.

Passenger dead, driver injured after train strikes car in Fayetteville
02/19/2017 10:20 AM
Train strikes car in Fayetteville, killing one personOne person died early Sunday when a train struck a disabled car that was stalled on railroad tracks.

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8 Thoughts After 10 Years of Blogging
01/31/2017 04:00 AM
[Quick note. This post will be at the top for a few weeks as I have a work-related trip out of the country. I’ll pick things up when I return.] Ten years ago today, this blog, this side project, this hobby of mine, got started. Today, there’s over 1100 posts written and photographed to what […]

Winter 2017 Restaurant Roundup
01/27/2017 04:00 AM
Vidrio is now open in Glenwood South For this restaurant update, the energy seems to be building in and around Moore Square. There are a few delicious places to try now as well as ones to look forward to this year. For a complete list of eats, drinks, and coffees in and around downtown, make […]

Rendering of 301 Hillsborough Shows Double Tower Development
01/26/2017 04:00 AM
Click for larger Posted here is the latest rendering of 301 Hillsborough, which comes courtesy of The Lundy Group. It was released a few weeks ago so it may not be new to some readers but I’m putting it here for posterity. For reference, in the foreground you’ll see a gray box of a building. […]

Dissecting Hotel Designs in the latest Administrative Alternates
01/25/2017 04:00 AM
These Administrative Alternates for Design basically write the blog post themselves. Looking at two AADs submitted on the city’s development website, one for the Hilton Dual-Brand on Davie Street and the other for the Courtyard Marriott on McDowell Street, it looks like the building design is asking for an exception to the standards defined in […]

Raleigh’s Unique Elements Still a Mystery
01/23/2017 04:00 AM
This is kind of a thinker post that I wanted to put out there. I haven’t talked about Raleigh’s image, including the image we’re trying to give off, in awhile but it is something that I’m always sort of thinking about. I was watching a talk from Aaron Renn about Columbus, Ohio a few weeks […]

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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.