Walking The Tightrope Between Revitalization And Gentrification

Planners and residents try to reach an agreement on the future of Fort Worth’s Near South Side.
October 14, 2003, 2pm PDT | David Gest
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Over the years, many historic buildings in Fort Worth’s Near South Side have been destroyed. But “thanks to…urban redevelopers, a progressive city planning department and…a nonprofit, member-funded redevelopment group, a minor renaissance is taking place” there. The group hopes for “a pedestrian-friendly, environmentally sound, urban village that preserves the best of the old, allows room for the new, and is home to people of diverse incomes and backgrounds.” Sounds great – but is gentrification inevitable? Some advocates are claiming that the area's working poor are "voiceless."

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in Fort Worth Weekly
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