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Another local Confederate monument vandalized
07/07/2015 12:29 PM
Confederate memorial vandalizedFor the third time in less than a week, a Confederate monument in the Triangle has been vandalized.

Coyotes trail police, man, dog on Raleigh trail
07/07/2015 12:05 PM
Orange Co. addresses coyote problems with public info meeting Three coyotes tracked a man walking his dog in Schenck Forest in west Raleigh on Monday night and later tracked police escorting the man from the area after he called 911 for help, police said.

Marine could be 8th shark-bite victim along NC coast
07/07/2015 11:42 AM
WRAL NewsOfficials at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune said Monday that a Marine was treated over the weekend for a "possible" shark bite to his right hand and forearm.

Man pleads guilty in Raleigh pool hall slaying
07/07/2015 10:41 AM
Dudley Lamar KeeDudley Lamar Kee pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court on Tuesday to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

Soldier dies after Fayetteville motorcycle crash
07/07/2015 08:05 AM
Traffic accidentA Fort Bragg soldier died early Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Monday evening crash in Fayetteville, police said.

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Downtown Rezoning
07/07/2015 06:37 AM
Downtown Raleigh Proposed Rezoning map. Click for larger image or get the pdf. Here’s a quick one while I catch up after a long vacation. Tonight’s City Council meeting has lots of good stuff in it but the highlight will be the Rezoning Public Hearing section under the new Unified Development Ordinance. Above is the […]

12-Story Hotel Planned for Wilmington Street Moves Forward
06/24/2015 06:37 PM
The Baptist Church Convention Headquarters on Wilmington Street. Back in January, we had several key rezoning requests (301 Hillsborough, Kane’s The Dillon among the others) come through the city and we’ve been watching them work their way through the system. This week, the Raleigh Planning Commission approved the rezoning for a hotel that will go […]

Rendering of The Dillon, Office and Residential in the Warehouse District
06/18/2015 03:25 PM
Thomas Kenna, over at Capital Compass, has shared this rendering and package from Kane Realty. It contains a lot of information about The Dillon, the planned office and residential buildings for downtown’s warehouse district. Take a look at the pdf yourself for more details on the project. There’s also a great photo of downtown Raleigh […]

Pic of the Week
06/17/2015 05:36 AM
Click for larger, wider view. The south tower of Charter Square is having a grand opening today. From the press release: The latest addition to the Raleigh skyline, Charter Square, officially opens this week. Located at the south end of Fayetteville Street, one of the most prominent addresses in Wake County, Charter Square is welcoming […]

Following Comments on RalCon
06/12/2015 04:15 AM
A website detail that I missed all these years is to provide a comments RSS feed URL. If you’re into the comments on this site or at least want to follow along the conversation, here is the RSS feed for comments only. http://dtraleigh.com/comments/feed/ I’ve put a link on the sidebar for them as well.

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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.