A Vision in Progress

Fort Worth South

A Vision in Progress

Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) was created in 1995 to spearhead the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside, a formerly vibrant, mixed-use historic district that had experienced several decades of decline. The organization’s major priorities from the beginning have included residential and mixed-use redevelopment, neighborhood safety, and general promotion of the Near Southside.  On the redevelopment front, FWSI works toward a vision of a renewed and improved neighborhood with a distinctive urban character.  Toward that vision, FWSI works to achieve the following redevelopment goals:

  • Re-establish a vibrant, mixed-use, urban district.
  • Prioritize residential development.
  • Support economic anchors and institutions.
  • Promote locally-owned businesses.
  • Encourage both small-scale and larger projects.
  • Balance preservation and new construction.
  • Improve perceptions.

As a result of the combined efforts of hundreds of businesses and neighborhood leaders, the Near Southside has already enjoyed an impressive renaissance over the last decade.  The district has retained its eclectic and diverse character while attracting new businesses and residents that are looking for an exciting urban environment and an alternative to the suburbs.  Progress can now be seen all over as new businesses continue to relocate to the Near Southside and new residents recognize the advantages and appeal of urban living.  An amazing community spirit makes it all happen, as property and business owners band together to improve building facades and streetscapes, transforming the appearance of the district and creating value for investors.

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Street and Park Projects

Street and Park Projects

A key component of the community vision for the Near Southside is a network of walkable, tree-lined streets that are safe for all users. FWSI is also working to create a network of neighborhood parks and plazas where friends can meet and families can have a place to play.

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New Construction

New Construction

The Near Southside has seen a dramatic increase in new construction activity over the last several years as businesses and investors choose to locate in the district. Equally impressive is the diversity of construction projects.

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Historic Renovations

Historic Renovations

The authentic historic character of the Near Southside is a great asset and an important competitive advantage in attracting new residents and businesses to the area.  Today the district still contains the largest concentration of historic buildings in Fort Worth’s central city.

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Plans, Studies & Conferences

Plans, Studies & Conferences

Beginning with the 1995 Strategic Plan, FWSI has maintained and updated a conceptual redevelopment plan to depict the vision for the Near Southside. FWSI also collaborates with other community organizations and the City to shape the future of our district and the central city.

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