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Weekend ends sunny, cold; freeze warning issued
03/28/2015 08:26 PM
Freeze warningTemperatures dipped into the upper 30s in the Triangle early Saturday, and they could be even cooler on Sunday, putting a chill on the last weekend in March.

11-year-old shot in Durham drive-by
03/28/2015 04:58 PM
Child shot in Durham drive-byAn 11-year-old boy was shot while walking in the 300 block of North Hyde Park Avenue Friday night after someone fired shots from a moving vehicle, authorities said.

Workers, others gather to remember victims of scaffolding collapse
03/28/2015 12:09 PM
Memorial for scaffolding collapse victimsFour days after three of their colleagues fell to their deaths as the scaffolding on a downtown Raleigh high-rise crumpled, dozens of construction workers gathered Friday to remember them and comfort each other.

Four charged in string of Fayetteville armed robberies
03/27/2015 09:21 PM
Carmen Ferraris, Daeshaun McGhee, Samuel PurcellFour people were charged Friday in connection with several armed robberies in Fayetteville over the last two days, according to police.

Man charged with murder in Spring Lake man's death
03/27/2015 07:53 PM
Police Crime SceneA 20-year-old Fayetteville man has been arrested and charged with the death of an 18-year-old man who was shot and killed in July, according to the Harnett County Sheriff's Office.

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Charter Square Accident
03/29/2015 03:35 AM
Downtown Raleigh will keep moving along but I wanted to put something up here for those that were injured and lost their lives putting together a piece of something that we keep an eye on constantly here on the blog. Please take a pause or a moment of silence sometime soon for the families and […]

Peace Street West Up For a Facelift
03/29/2015 03:35 AM
Intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Peace Street Here’s a project that’s moving forward after being on hold for a few years. Peace Street West, referred to as the street between West and St. Mary’s Street, is due for some streetscape improvements. This will include new sidewalks, burying of utility lines, consolidation of driveways, and other […]

2015 State of the City
03/29/2015 03:35 AM
Mayor Nancy McFarlane’s 2015 State of the City speech. The speech starts at 11:45. If the video doesn’t show up for you, click here. Similar Posts: Weekend Reel: The State of the City 2014 (March 28, 2014, 1 Comments) State of the City [UPDATE] (August 3, 2013, 1 Comments)

Municipography, City Staff Responds to Downtown Vibrancy and Raleigh Union Station
03/29/2015 03:35 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 […]

Pic of the Week
03/29/2015 03:35 AM
Click for larger I spotted this poster right in front of the Raleigh Space Parklet located on Salisbury Street. It gives you a good idea where Raleigh’s first parklet is heading. Since we last saw it in November, the space is hugely different and looks to be almost finished with phase 1. Similar Posts: Pic […]

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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.