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: pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders. Streets such as Magnolia, Park Place, and South Main serve as destinations and gathering places where one can find great places to eat and shop, as well as urban living options nearby. As with most urban districts, the streets of the Near Southside are our most heavily used public spaces, but 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. Toward this goal, FWSI has been involved in the development of three new public spaces over the last several years: Watts Park, Magnolia Green, and the Fairmount Community Garden. More projects are in the works as we continue a committed effort to create a public realm of the highest quality.
Magnolia Avenue has long been the Near Southside’s most active and well-known street, but FWSI-led initiatives over the last several years have helped transform Magnolia into one of Fort Worth’s most popular attractions.
As one of the City’s first major streetscape improvement projects in the mid-1980s, Magnolia between Hemphill and 8th Avenue received brick sidewalks, street trees, historic lampposts, and benches. A “complete street” facelift in 2008-2009 not only spruced up the original streetscape but also added features that helped redefine the street.Continue Reading
Plans to dramatically improve the appearance and safety of Park Place Avenue between 8th Ave. and the Berkeley neighborhood are moving from drawings to reality. Funded by Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District #4, the project will construct a new sidewalk on the street’s south side, a wider sidewalk on the north side, and a new sidewalk connection to the Berkeley neighborhood. Decorative lampposts and trees are also included on both sides of the street for the full project length between the FW&W railroad on the west and 8th Ave. on the east.Continue Reading
South Main Street is the hub of one of the Near Southside’s three designated urban villages. Business and property owners have worked over the last decade to reverse years of disinvestment, and their efforts are now paying off as S. Main gains more attention and investment.Continue Reading
Working with contractor AUI and project manager TownSite, FWSI designed and constructed Oleander Walk, the distinctive centerpiece of a re-emerging urban neighborhood located between Magnolia Ave. and W. Rosedale between Hemphill and 8th Ave.
The unique street is primarily intended to serve as a linear public space for pedestrians and bicyclists, but also allows vehicular access to garages serving the residential units along the Walk.Continue Reading
FWSI is working with the City and private developers to maximize on-street parking and to create walkable tree-lined streets throughout the Near Southside. S. Adams Street between Magnolia Ave. and W. Rosedale provided an opportunity for Fort Worth South to work with the City to retrofit a street in conjunction with a planned resurfacing project in order to provide parallel parking that would serve several development projects, including 24 new townhouses, the new Schaefer Advertising headquarters in the historic Dunn Haven Apartments building, and the new Young Women’s Leadership Academy.Continue Reading
Rosedale Street serves as the largest east-west thoroughfare through the Near Southside, connecting to Interstates 30 and 35W at the west and east ends, respectively. A road widening project completed several years ago by TxDOT focused too exclusively on moving traffic at high speeds through the district, and had a detrimental impact on pedestrian-scaled redevelopment along the corridor. That condition will be addressed through a major streetscape enhancement project that will install median and roadside landscaping alongContinue Reading
Hemphill is a primary north-south thoroughfare through the Near Southside. Over the last decade, Hemphill has been the focus of three separate improvement projects.
The first project, already completed, installed pavement markings between Vickery and Rosedale to change the former five-lane arterial to a four-lane that helped slow traffic speeds and added on-street parking spaces for adjacent businesses. The same project also installed a new mid-block crosswalk just north of Rosedale to ensure safe crossings for the residents of the Villages of Samaritan House.Continue Reading
Watts Park is the first public neighborhood park to be constructed in the Near Southside since the early 20th century. The park is in the historic Leuda/May/St. Louis district and was originally called West Leuda Park. The park’s new name, Watts Park, honors one of FWSI’s most influential leaders and a true champion of the Near Southside’s revitalization: Dr. James Watts.Continue Reading
Magnolia Green is a one-acre public park at the center of the Magnolia Green mixed-use development. The park was completed in conjunction with the 17 townhouse on the park’s western edge, and is also bordered by the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders on its southern edge. Magnolia Green provides the Near Southside with a large park suitable for special events as well as informal recreational use.Continue Reading
Street trees help create appealing and walkable places by beautifying the roadside while also providing a buffer between the sidewalk and the adjacent roadway. Historically, many of the Near Southside’s streets were lined with trees, but over time various road widening projects and lack of maintenance removed many street trees. In 2009 FWSI began an effort to bring those tree-lined streets back by establishing the Near Southside Street Tree Program in partnership with the Wachovia Foundation and the City of Fort Worth.Continue Reading