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CNBC gives NC the edge for Amazon HQ2
11/21/2017 08:38 AM
MarketWatch: Possible Amazon HQ betsA CNBC data analysis that lined up business and Census data against the criteria set by Amazon for its next headquarters is favorable to cities in the south. North Carolina has four metro areas bidding for the HQ2 project, which could create up to 50,000 jobs.

Man tries to rob Raleigh convenience store, ends up in hospital instead
11/21/2017 04:47 AM
William WinstonA robbery suspect ended up in the hospital early Tuesday morning after getting into an altercation with a Raleigh convenience store clerk.

Feds: Raleigh man made Xanax, sold it on 'dark web'
11/20/2017 07:17 PM
Matthew Yensan, made XanaxA Raleigh man made and sold Xanax pills through encrypted websites in exchange for bitcoin, according to federal authorities.

Robeson County man charged with murder, child abuse in death of 16-month-old girl
11/20/2017 07:09 PM
Duke Hospital, Duke University HospitalA Robeson County man is facing several charges following the weekend death of a 16-month-old girl.

Restaurant manager robbed after being hit, pinned in Raleigh wreck
11/20/2017 04:18 PM
Raleigh crash, robberyOfficers with the Raleigh Police Department were investigating a crash and a robbery Monday morning after a driver was hit from behind and had their car pinned to a tree near Capital Boulevard.

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The Willard Shows Plans for Hotel and Residential in Glenwood South
11/20/2017 03:00 AM
Email readers: This blog post has a virtual reality image. Read the post on the blog to see it. Plans submitted to the city for The Willard are showing a 7-story building for the southwest corner of Glenwood Avenue and Willard Place. It will consist of 121 hotel rooms, 16 condos, and ground-floor retail. The […]

Pic of the Week
11/15/2017 06:28 AM
Fencing is going up around Moore Square making it officially closed for the renovation. Art should be placed along the fencing soon as a way to keep the area looking lively. Similar Posts: Waiting For Moore Square’s Latest Makeover (April 25, 2017, 33 Comments) Raleigh eyes public competition to revamp Moore Square :: WRAL.com (April 10, […]

Municipography: The City’s First Logo
11/10/2017 03:00 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 […]

Demolition Continues at One Glenwood
11/07/2017 03:00 AM
Limebike riders pass in front of the former warehouse of Shelton’s Furniture on Morgan Street, November 2017. One Glenwood is really moving now. Across Morgan Street from the office tower site, the warehouse where Shelton’s Furniture was located has now been removed. The adjacent site will be the parking deck that supports the office tower. […]

Hargett Street Retail Shakeups Announced
11/03/2017 03:00 AM
Future home of Father and Son on West Street This week, a few bits of news came out related to the downtown Raleigh retail scene. First, long-time favorite Father and Son will be moving from their spot on the 100 block of West Hargett Street to the Warehouse District. They’ll squeeze into the warehouse that […]

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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.