On April 7, 2012, Mike Brennan of Fort Worth South, Inc. visited our class to discuss his organization's goals and adaptive reuse in Fort Worth. The information he provided was interesting and informative.
Fort Worth South, Inc.: Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is a private, member-funded, non-profit 501(c)(4) development company dedicated to the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. FWSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last decade.
This district’s history dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when it was developed as the city’s first streetcar suburb. Today the Near Southside is an eclectic and diverse mixed-use community and the second largest employment center in Tarrant County, with around 30,000 jobs. The economic anchors for the district are the longstanding institutions and industries that continue to prosper. The most renowned economic engine is the Near Southside’s Medical District, home to Tarrant County’s five major hospitals as well as dozens of independent medical clinics. Other types of businesses, including a concentration of creative firms, are now calling the Near Southside home, diversifying the district’s employment base. Well known companies that call Southside home include Williamson-Dickey, Dannon, and Vanderborg Dairy.
"Friday on the Green": Friday on the Green is a marketing event that allows the Near Southside District to demonstrate its uniqueness and charm.
The focus is on music and street arts. The event is designed to draw in folks from across the region to the Near Southside for the first time, or the first time in a long-time. The event is normally attended by hundreds of people, sometimes over a thousand, and generally leaves people with a positive impression of the district as an "up and coming" area of town.