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Moss: Chance for severe weather, tornadoes is mainly south of Raleigh
01/22/2017 12:00 PM
Risk MapSunday will be much warmer than Saturday, but lingering thunderstorms and heavy rain have the potential to produce damaging winds and isolated tornadoes later in the day.

Court battle over NC education powers to take place in June
01/22/2017 08:21 AM
State Superintendent Mark JohnsonState Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson plans to take part in a court battle over a new law that transfers power from the State Board of Education to him.

Water main break closes road in downtown Durham
01/22/2017 07:30 AM
Water main break closes road in downtown DurhamOfficials in Durham said a water main break closed a segment of road on Sunday.

Silver Alert issued for 70-year-old Siler City woman
01/22/2017 05:15 AM
Janice Newby LeeThe N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Janice Newby Lee, 70, who may be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

NC Society Inaugural Ball
01/21/2017 08:28 PM
NC Society Inaugural Ball The North Carolina Society Ball is the final Inaugural Ball of the weekend for North Carolinians living in Washington, D.C., regardless of party affiliation.

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Taking A Look At The Future Courtyard Marriott on McDowell Street
01/18/2017 04:00 AM
Rendering of future hotel on McDowell Street. Rendering comes courtesy of Winwood Hospitality Group. That’s it. 2017 is going to be the year of the downtown hotel. However, you could probably see that coming if you really paid attention last year, right? Anyway, let’s take a look at the recently submitted plans for a hotel […]

Pic of the Week
01/17/2017 04:00 AM
Residence Inn construction site, January 2017 Checking in on the progress at the Residence Inn on Salisbury Street. Most of the exterior materials are in place and the hotel is planning to be open this Spring. I can’t say I’m very excited about the color palette used on this project, especially on the rear (west […]

Pic of the Week
01/04/2017 04:00 AM
The sites of various car repair shops and the former Ice Market and Grill building have been cleared along West South Street. 42 units of residential are planned for this land, which were covered in more detail in this post. Similar Posts: A Walk up South Street (December 30, 2016, 35 Comments) Completing the Lenoir […]

Saying Goodbye To 2016 and Looking Out Towards 2017
12/30/2016 11:37 AM
View from the Boylan Avenue Bridge, December 2016 I’m always struggling to find a way to wrap up another year of downtown Raleighing that simply describes what took place. There’s just too much going on to do that. There are things in planning, under construction, and being completed all the time. Shops and restaurants close […]

Pic of the Week
12/28/2016 04:00 AM
Corner of West and Lenoir, December 2016 The service station at the corner of West and Lenoir Street is shown above. Plans for a restaurant are in place for this building in an area that will rapidly change in the next few years. There will be apartments across West street, currently under construction townhomes across […]

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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.