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Near Southside (or the Fairmount Historic District) lies directly south of downtown Fort Worth, Texas and is the second largest employment center in Tarrant County with over 30,000 employees working in numerous medical institutions and other institutions. The district is often referred by to locals to the "medical district" or "hospital district." Today the Near Southside is considered to be one of the city's most up-and-coming neighborhoods. Historic architecture, eclectic restaurants such as Spiral Diner, Hot Damn, Tamales!, King Tut, Chadra Mezza & Grill, Yucatan Taco Stand, Nonna Tata, and The Old Neighborhood Grill, as well as the neighborhood's walkability has attracted residents seeking an urban environment. Other local businesses include the Rahr and Sons Brewery, The Chat Room, the Rainbow Lounge, Panther City Bicycles, and Paris Coffee Shop. Many new businesses are migrating the Near Southside, including The Citizen Theater and Avoca Coffee.
The city of Fort Worth recently declared the Near Southside as an Urban Design District, which requires new development to abide by specific zoning and aesthetic standards that will help to improve the walkability and mixed-use aspects of the neighborhood as it continues to revitalize. Many creative agencies and advertising firms have made West Magnolia Avenue their home, including web design & online marketing firm Arts South Interactive Production. Numerous new living options such as historic lofts, townhomes, live+work units, and the rehabilitation of historic single-family homes continue to attract residents to the area. There is a burgeoning biking culture in the Near Southside; Fort Worth's chapter of Critical Mass frequently rides through the neighborhood, and a group called the Night Riders host a bike riding pub crawl beginning at The Chat Room. During the summer, Chadra Mezza & Grill hosts a concert series called First Friday on the Green at Magnolia Green Park in the Near Southside.
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