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Friday to stay dry and pleasant; wet Saturday ahead
10/31/2014 04:10 AM
7-Day ForecastThe forecast for trick-or-treating in central and eastern North Carolina doesn't include any scary details, but cool, wet weather is coming for the first day of the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to discuss bogus courses
10/31/2014 03:56 AM
UNC Chapel HillProfessors at North Carolina's flagship public university are sitting down to hash out the unpleasant finding that parts of their campus schemed to give athletes fake grades so they could keep playing for the Tar Heels.

Bill Clinton coming to Raleigh Friday to help Hagan bid
10/31/2014 03:30 AM
Colorado Democrats Bill ClintonBill Clinton came to North Carolina last month to quietly raise money for Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate campaign. Now the former president is returning to rally the faithful publicly for the Democratic incumbent.

Fayetteville man shot, killed by neighbor after argument
10/31/2014 03:24 AM
Jimmy Lee UnderwoodA 56-year-old Fayetteville man was charged with second-degree murder early Friday in connection with a fatal shooting on John B. Carter Road, police said.

Silver Alert issued for missing Louisburg woman
10/31/2014 02:56 AM
Silver AlertLouisburg police are searching for a 54-year-old woman who is believed to be cognitively impaired.

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Downtown Raleigh Office Space Statistic
10/31/2014 04:13 AM
Neat stat: @DowntownRaleigh has lower % regional office vs competitor cities = Downtown upside, low congestion pic.twitter.com/Bb45ZhPBNV — Joe Milazzo II (@RTATriangle) October 30, 2014 Here’s something that I just had to share. I found this graph very interesting. If you can’t see the embedded tweet click here. It shows that 8.6% of office space […]

Pic of the Week
10/31/2014 04:13 AM
Kind of following up on a recent post about the upcoming apartment project, called The Gramercy, here is a photo of the corner of Glenwood Avenue and North Street. The site has been cleared of the former buildings and is ready to start construction. Similar Posts: Demolition Taking Place, Making Room For The Gramercy Apartments […]

Fall 2014 Restaurant Roundup
10/31/2014 04:13 AM
Tasty 8’s on Fayetteville Street The year of the bakery continues with some very delicious looking places that should be opening soon. Some new renovations are included in this season’s update including some activity on Hillsborough Street. This area primarily doesn’t see very many new shops and retail so perhaps this is the beginning of […]

Weekend Listen, Jarrett Walker
10/31/2014 04:13 AM
Raleigh NC: Happy to be kicking off an update of the Wake Co Transit Plan, with @KimleyHorn Look forward to spending more time there. — Jarrett Walker (@humantransit) September 11, 2014 Jarrett Walker and his transit consulting company were recently hired to be a part of the update to the Wake County Transit Plan. Below […]

301 Hillsborough, A Review
10/31/2014 04:13 AM
The parking lot at 301 Hillsborough Street This story is as old as the blog itself so it is kind of exciting to revisit an “old” development. Articles in the news have reported that the city is in talks with interested developers to build on top of the city-owned property at 301 Hillsborough Street. From […]

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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.