The History Of Near Southside
Established as Fort Worth’s first streetcar suburb early in the 20th century, the Near Southside soon became a vibrant extension of the central business district with streetcars hustling the growing community towards prosperity. In the fifty years following the Second World War, however, the central city fell into disrepair and was given over to economic withdrawal and a legacy of abandoned property as commercial and residential development shifted to the edge of the city. As a consequence, local leaders united to reestablish what made the neighborhoods of the Near Southside work in the first place. The story of any community begins with what they share; therefore a coalition of public and private stakeholders was formed including the City of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and representatives from the Medical District. Sasaki Associates prepared the Strategic Plan in 1995 detailing a process for revitalization. Subsequently, Fort Worth South, Inc. was created to advocate on behalf of local interests according to the plan.