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New EPA coal ash rules fall short of NC standards
12/19/2014 08:01 PM
Coal Ash RegulationsNew federal rules set a statewide minimum standard for handling coal ash. However, some of the new regulations don't go as far as a law North Carolina passed this year.

NC's growing medical trend? Telemedicine
12/19/2014 05:21 PM
NC's growing medical trend? TelemedicineWhen you are sick, the last thing you usually want to do is drag yourself to the doctor. Now there is another option. The North Carolina Medical Board just revised its guidelines to reflect the growing momentum of telemedicine.

Fayetteville VA hospital holds town meetings to hear veterans' concerns
12/19/2014 05:08 PM
Fayetteville VA town hallVeterans and their families in Fayetteville on Friday got a chance to voice their complaints directly to the head of the director of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

Durham looking at new ways to help lower jobless rate
12/19/2014 04:34 PM
Now hiringDurham is working on a series of initiatives to decrease the unemployment rate in black communities where the jobless rate is as much as three times higher than that in other communities.

Diverse group lobbying for local control of school calendars
12/19/2014 03:51 PM
ClassroomAfter a decade of longer summer vacations, North Carolina school leaders are pushing for more control of their academic calendars.

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Introducing DT Hoods, A Neighborhood Mapping Project
12/19/2014 11:13 PM
I’ve been interested in building a mapping project using the lightweight javascript library Leaflet and today I wanted to post what I’ve got. Far from complete, it may never be, but over at Hoods.DTRaleigh.com I have posted a project called DT Hoods and am attempting to map neighborhoods and nearby points of interest near downtown […]

Flurry of Activity on East Peace Street
12/19/2014 11:13 PM
Corner of Peace and Person Streets I recently took a walk around East Peace Street and there is just so much happening here these days. On this particular weekday morning, the sounds of construction dominate. The hum of machinery, the beeping of vehicles, the hammering of nails are just some of the things you hear […]

Video: Wake Transit Plan Kick Off Meeting
12/19/2014 11:13 PM
Wake Transit Plan Kick Off Meeting on YouTube I just wanted to share this real quick. Here’s the video from this week’s transit meeting that took place at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was a great presentation by Jarrett Walker and I encourage readers to watch the whole thing. In addition, you can follow the […]

Downtown Raleigh Hotel Scene Being Looked at in Upcoming Study
12/19/2014 11:13 PM
The Hampton Inn in Glenwood South During this week’s Raleigh City Council meeting, money was approved to go towards a Downtown Hotel Market Feasibility Study. The city’s press release sums it up. Downtown Raleigh has changed dramatically since the last hotel market study for the area was completed in 2003. The rebirth of the center […]

Glenwood South Construction Photos, November 2014
12/19/2014 11:13 PM
This week I went on a walk up and down Glenwood South and took some photos of random projects in the area. I just wanted to share some of them for those that haven’t been in that area recently. Corner of West and Jones Street. The Link Apartment projects will be going here. Carolina Ale […]

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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.