The Raleigh we know today is a beautiful city loved by its residents and visitors alike, rich in museums, performing arts venues, education, and regularly awarded as one of the top five U.S. cities for health, happiness, families, technology, and retirement. It was named #1 city for Best Place for Business and Careers by Forbes and credited with having the most “smart people living in the same place.”
We are honoring the evolution of this amazing city over the last century with a collection of time-lapse photos of Raleigh, in coordination with the State Archives of North Carolina and Google Street View. Slide left and right and pick your favorite images of the past or present:
1. Downtown Raleigh
In the original photo we see Wake County’s central business district taking form. Directly ahead is the North Carolina State Capitol building. Today we see the skyline has filled in significantly. In the forefront is the Raleigh Convention Center and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.