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Severe storms bring hail, power outages to Triangle
04/28/2016 04:34 PM
Doppler - Wake CountyA storm system that brought severe weather to the plains this week moved into the triangle Thursday, prompting severe thunderstorm watches to be issued in several counties.

Man arrested in connection with Raleigh homicide
04/28/2016 03:35 PM
Ricky Jay Wright, 54Authorities arrested a man on Thursday in connection with the murder of Ricky Jay Wright, who died Sunday.

Anti-abortion groups seeks to move next to Raleigh women's clinic
04/28/2016 03:24 PM
Abortion zoning caseAn anti-abortion group wants to move its office next to a west Raleigh clinic that provides abortions.

Fayetteville Airport holds triennial disaster training exercise
04/28/2016 03:05 PM
Fayetteville Regional Airport's triennial disaster training exercise Bodies on the runway. Crash victims screaming for help. It was part of the Fayetteville Regional Airport's triennial disaster training exercise Thursday morning.

Apex police seek women who placed card skimmers on ATM
04/28/2016 02:56 PM
Apex police seek women who placed card skimmers on ATMPolice said three women were caught on surveillance cameras placing the bank card skimmers at a Sun Trust ATM on April 26 and 27.

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Anecdote: Those Tiny Details
04/28/2016 04:00 AM
Looking west down Martin Street I was walking down Fayetteville Street recently on a gorgeous Spring afternoon. On this particular day, a Saturday with no major events taking place, people were wandering the sidewalks enjoying the same comfortable weather. I’ve done the walk thousands of times but it was when I noticed a small, new […]

Pic of the Week
04/26/2016 04:00 AM
This may not be new news but it is new for the site and for readers to start following. It was reported back in January of this year that the site of Killo Pest Control, at the corner of Martin and Person Streets, was sold to the same developer behind The Lincoln for $1.1 million. […]

Pic of the Week
04/21/2016 04:00 AM
The renovation of the Albemarle Building is well underway. The project on Salisbury Street is part of the governor’s Project Phoenix, a plan to upgrade the state government complex in downtown Raleigh. This renovation may or may not have a big impact on the surrounding area. A modern office upgrade isn’t going to create new […]

Brewgaloo and Time Warp Take Over Downtown Raleigh This Saturday
04/18/2016 04:00 AM
As an effort to go back to my roots and promote more quality events in downtown Raleigh, I wanted to make sure readers were aware of two big ones this weekend. First, the City of Raleigh Museum’s annual event, Time Warp, is taking place this Saturday night. Yours truly will be there working the event […]

Completing the Lenoir and South Street Two-way Conversion
04/11/2016 04:00 AM
South Street at South Saunders Street The two-way conversion of South and Lenoir Streets have begun. You could loosely call this a phase 2 project as parts of Lenoir and South were converted to two-way years ago when the Raleigh Convention Center opened. Now, the city is finishing the conversion so that the streets operate […]

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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.