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Raleigh police respond to shooting on Wake Forest Road
06/23/2017 08:09 PM
Raleigh police are investigating following a shooting on Wake Forest Road Friday night.

Suspended UNC football player alleges biased magistrate issued sex assault warrant
06/23/2017 07:43 PM
Allen Artis in courtA former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player claims he's facing a sexual assault charge only because the magistrate that issued the warrant backs sex assault victims.

Silver Alert canceled for missing Raleigh woman
06/23/2017 07:38 PM
Dale LeslieA missing 76-year-old Raleigh woman believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment was found safe Friday night.

Downtown Raleigh rallies behind Briggs Hardware owner as she cares for fiancé
06/23/2017 07:25 PM
 The owner of Raleigh's historic Briggs Hardware is grateful for the kindness of others after her fiancé suffered a devastating burn injury last month.

'He's a hero': Youngsville soldier killed in Afghanistan laid to rest
06/23/2017 07:20 PM
Corporal Dillon C. BaldridgeA Youngsville soldier killed in Afghanistan earlier this month was laid to rest in the western part of the state Friday.

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Stats From The State of Downtown Raleigh 2017, Residents
06/22/2017 03:00 AM
Taking a look at more stats from the 2017 State of Downtown Raleigh report, there are a few that cover the residential trends in the area. The graphic above offers some highlights including: 8,200 residents now live in downtown Raleigh Average asking rent is $1425/month in downtown Average asking rent is $1265/month within 2 miles […]

The Rosengarten Greenway and Connecting Downtown to Dix
06/20/2017 04:00 AM
The Rocky Branch Greenway in Dorothea Dix Park. Plans are underway for the Rosengarten Greenway, a path starting from West Cabarrus Street and ending at the Rocky Branch Greenway on South Saunders Street. While neighbors in Boylan Heights and Rosengarten Park work with the city on a final plan, a walk along the potential route […]

Stats From The State of Downtown Raleigh 2017, Employment
06/13/2017 03:00 AM
This one I look for every year. I’m interested to see how the makeup of downtown office workers are changing, if at all. For decades (centuries?), downtown Raleigh has been a government town. In the 2015 report, government workers made up more than half of the downtown workforce. In the 2016 report, the needle moved […]

A Walk Around The GoRaleigh Station
06/09/2017 03:00 AM
Email readers: This blog post has a virtual reality image. Read the post on the blog to see it. After a year of construction work, the bus station at Moore Square, renamed to GoRaleigh Station, is now fully up and running with a new look and new amenities. Having had the same basic layout and […]

Stats From The State of Downtown Raleigh 2017, Developments
06/07/2017 03:00 AM
Released in April, I’ve finally gotten around to diving into the 2017 State of Downtown Raleigh report for the latest figures and fancy graphs of downtown activity. I’ll spread these out over the next few weeks and share what I think are some of the more interesting and thought-provoking stats. I’ll start things off with […]

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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.