Local News:

Moss: 'Hottest temperatures of the summer' possible Sunday
07/24/2016 11:10 AM
Heat Index, DMASaturday was hot and Sunday will be even hotter, according to the National Weather Service.

Georgia news anchor falls to death from NC waterfall
07/24/2016 11:01 AM
WRAL NewsOfficials say a Georgia news anchor fell about 160 feet to her death after being swept over the top of a waterfall in Transylvania County.

Former Marine pleads guilty to sex offense with 13-year-old
07/24/2016 11:01 AM
WRAL NewsA former Marine gunnery sergeant has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison on sex offense charges as part of plea deal reached just minutes before the victim was supposed to testify.

Man dies in Wilson house fire
07/24/2016 10:56 AM
Police carOne man died Sunday after a home in Wilson caught fire.

Clear the Shelters finds forever homes for over 900 local animals
07/24/2016 10:08 AM
Clear the SheltersEight local animal shelters waived their adoption fees Saturday as part of the Clear the Shelters campaign, creating long lines at shelters across the area as people looked to bring home a new best friend. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Residence Inn Close to the Top
07/18/2016 04:00 AM
Raleigh Convention Center and future Residence Inn Checking in with the Residence Inn being built next to the Raleigh Convention Center, the hotel on Salisbury Street was working on the ninth floor. Below is my shot from the sidewalks as well as a photo from Twitter from the air. Nine stories built at Residence Inn […]

Raleigh Agenda: The City of Raleigh wants to improve the Southern Gateway
07/15/2016 04:23 AM
I’m contributing to a new online site called Raleigh Agenda. They launched earlier this month and I’m hoping to expand on some greater Raleigh development and other topics there as an addition to the blog. I recommend you check it out and subscribe to the email newsletter. I have a post up there now about […]

Make Way For Townhomes at Hargett Place
07/12/2016 04:00 AM
Click for larger Site clearing is taking place along the 400 block of East Hargett Street. The Hargett Place townhomes are planned for this area. For a refresher of what is planned, jump back to this March 2016 post. Similar Posts: Hargett Place Planning Townhomes on East Hargett Street (March 13, 2016, 11 Comments) East […]

Looking at the Site Review for One Glenwood
07/08/2016 04:00 AM
Corner of Hillsborough and Glenwood Avenue, July 2016 This week, a site review (SR-045-16) was submitted for One Glenwood, a mid-rise planned for the southern end of Glenwood between Morgan and Hillsborough Streets. This would be on the western side of Glenwood Avenue as shown in the below graphic. The new building will take up […]

Pic of the Week
07/07/2016 04:00 AM
Motorcycle only parking has been installed on Glenwood Avenue. The nine spaces replace two vehicle spaces and they are located in front of Devolve Moto. The same rates apply to these spaces as any other. Similar Posts: Park In Glenwood South Like a Pro (August 27, 2015, 9 Comments) Pic of the Week (January 27, […]

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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.