Dorothea Dix Hospital, which stands on a high hill overlooking the city of Raleigh, was the state's first hospital to treat mental illness. The North Carolina General Assembly approved appropriations for the hospital on December 23, 1848. Today much of the land has been deeded away by the State of North Carolina, but a core section, dotted with dozens of interesting and historical buildings, remains. This core section is up for grabs, and the legislature is reviewing proposals of what to do with it. The problem facing Raleigh is whether the 306-acre Dix tract should become a great city park complete with gardens and meadows and an exhibition hall or two, or a lovely greensward that sits at the foot of a new and taxpaying urban neighborhood.