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Two wanted in Fayetteville gas station robbery
11/23/2014 08:08 PM
Fayetteville gas station robberyInvestigators are looking for two people in connection with a gas station robbery Sunday night.

One dead in Fayetteville house fire
11/23/2014 06:46 PM
Fatal house fireA 54-year-old woman died in a Fayetteville house fire Sunday morning.

One day only - Spring
11/23/2014 04:59 PM
Doppler - Central NCSpring will be here for one day as temperatures are expected to reach 75 degrees on Monday.

Competition Dining crowns champion
11/23/2014 09:51 AM
Team Mimosa Grill Fire in the Triangle winner Chef Dean Thompson faced off against Fire in the City champ Chef John Fortes of Mimosa Grill for the title.

NC Wanted: Durham police seek new leads in 12-year-old case
11/23/2014 05:39 AM
NC Wanted, Ian DavisIan Davis, 18, was shot to death during a Durham robbery on Oct. 1, 2002.

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Weekend Exposure: Moore Fall
11/24/2014 12:55 AM
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The Four Sides to The Lincoln
11/24/2014 12:55 AM
The Lincoln Apartments, corner of East and Martin Streets Here’s a construction update on The Lincoln, an apartment building being built to the east of Moore Square. Some parts of the project have topped out, giving you a sense of how big it will be. The Martin Street half is busy finishing the parking deck […]

More to Charter Square Than Just a Tower
11/24/2014 12:55 AM
Click for larger Here’s a nice Fall photo of the Charter Square construction site on the south end of Fayetteville Street. The southern tower has topped out and siding is starting to rise up along each side. You can also see the space for the future northern tower to the right in the foreground. What […]

Downtown Raleigh Office Space Statistic
11/24/2014 12:55 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
11/24/2014 12:55 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 […]

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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.