We’ve scoured the South to find these neighborhoods that were once down on their luck but are now resurging with community pride. Learn from their inspiring stories.
Photo by Rex Perry
When urban-core neighborhoods began to decline after World War I, money and energy drained from Fairmount. Things began to look up in the late seventies. Graceful bungalows and American Foursquares attracted renovators to this neighborhood of about 1,400 homes south of downtown. “Fairmount was still a little scary in 2002 when I bought my house, but the porch just reached out and grabbed me,” says homeowner Patti Randle. Later, good schools and safe streets attracted parents looking for close-knit neighborhoods. With the help of Fort Worth South Inc., restaurants, shops, and a police substation returned.
The Old Home Supply House (pictured) is a perfect fit for Fairmount. It has a little of the old, a little of the new, and a whole lot of character.