Local News:

Man dies in Greenville house fire
02/13/2016 10:37 AM
WRAL NewsA 32-year-old man died on Friday evening after an electrical shortage sparked a fire in the garage of a Greenville home.

Bladen sheriff: Man shot by officers in Elizabethtown
02/13/2016 05:42 AM
WRAL NewsA man in Elizabethtown was shot by law enforcement officers early Saturday morning after they said he shot at them during a traffic stop.

Two shot in Goldsboro; police have no suspect
02/13/2016 04:14 AM
WRAL NewsGoldsboro police do not yet have a suspect in a pair of shootings on Friday night but believe the same suspect shot both victims.

Man killed in Pitt County fire
02/12/2016 08:13 PM
WRAL NewsOne man was killed in a fire around 6:30 p.m. on Friday in Greenville, authorities said.

Lawmakers to hold hearings in advance of redistricting session
02/12/2016 08:08 PM
Congressional districts mapLawmakers will hold hearings on how they should redraw the state's congressional districts if the U.S. Supreme Court does not stay a lower court order. Weather

Raleigh Connoisseur Feed

Chavis Park Master Plan Meeting on February 16
02/12/2016 04:00 AM
Downtown Raleigh and Chavis Park, photo by Lift Aerial One could argue that Chavis Park is basically downtown Raleigh’s main park. A new master plan for the historic park that sits to the southeast of the city’s center has been in the works for most of last year and the final meeting on the phase […]

Winter 2016 Restaurant Roundup
02/10/2016 04:00 AM
Peaking through the window at Provenance For a complete list of eats, drinks, and coffees in and around downtown, make sure to bookmark the DT Eats page. Try something new! We’ll start in Glenwood South where Lou Moshakos’s Mediterranean restaurant, called Vidrio, is still being worked on. I saw that they planned for an early […]

Pic of the Week
02/08/2016 04:00 AM
Demolition was taking place last week in front of the future Raleigh Union Station site. The smaller warehouse in front was planned to be removed for a grand entrance plaza for the train station. Below is a rendering of that entrance plaza. Similar Posts: Pic of the Week (March 29, 2015, 7 Comments) Union Station […]

Weekend Listen, ‘Ugly’ Development In Charlotte
02/05/2016 04:09 PM
Elan Apartments on Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh I thought this podcast from Charlotte Talks called “‘Ugly’ Development In Charlotte” was an interesting listen. The same exact thing is happening in Raleigh and for most conversations in the podcast, you could replace “Charlotte” with “Raleigh” and it would still apply. As the second fastest growing […]

Baseball in Downtown Sketch
02/02/2016 04:00 AM
[UPDATE #5: Another submit by Will] Click for larger [UPDATE #4: Will has submitted another round of sketches.] Click for larger Railroad tracks remain unmoved, serve as backdrop for center field and soccer goal. (“Railhawks” takes on a new meaning)! Single stadium provides for both baseball and MLS while fitting nicely into the footprint. -Dual-purpose […]

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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.