This past Sunday, we were fortunate to spend the day having fun at Open Streets in Fort Worth's historic Southside. Fort Worth South Inc. closes Magnolia Ave to car traffic for an afternoon every year to showcase local musicians, artists, and businesses. Open Streets is always a good time—delicious food and nice folks everywhere—but its long-lasting impact visibly makes Fort Worth a better city.
There's a huge focus on walkability, cycling, healthy local foods, and closed-loop local economies. The importance and effect of these things on their own can be difficult to conceptualize in our daily lives, but Open Streets gives us a look into the environment created by their interaction and a sign that we're moving in the right direction.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without a lot of hard work from Megan Henderson of FWSI. If you see her around the neighborhood, thank her for a job very well done. And if you didn't get to make it to Open Streets this year, here are some photos from the day. You only have to wait another year for the next one.