Is Como In Fort Worth Getting Closer To Realizing Its Destiny?

Fort Worth’s Como neighborhood was originally envisioned as a resort community, but a cheap selloff changed the face of this neighborhood. Could it be on the upswing again? Recent news of dozens of excellent lots coming on the market is making people take a second look at this once-forgotten neighborhood.

While some are concerned that gentrification will force out the current mainly poor, African American residents of Como, everyone agrees something must be done. And most agree that with Fort Worth running out of places to live in the city, new development is coming to every available spot.

Something Big Is About To Happen In Como

In the last couple months, both the Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press have reported on the fact that 66 lots owned by speculators have come available in the Como neighborhood. Most are lots with a lot of potential – sitting high above the surrounding properties with excellent views of the TCU football stadium or the developing Clearfork neighborhood.

Old Fort Worth Development Ltd. has been working for a decade to amass these properties. If these speculators get their way and get some interest from one or several developers, they can change the face of Como. While some African American leaders in this part of West Fort Worth don’t want to see gentrification, most agree that the declining area of the city needs attention of some kind.

Como, as it turns out, was always intended for great things. Development in the area first began in the late 1880s when The Chamberlain Co. dug Lake Como and began developing a resort area based on Italy’s Lake Como. The plan was for amusement rides, a pavilion, a casino and more. But the panic of 1893 put an end to those plans – and the property was divided and sold off cheaply.

A City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Empowerment Zone passed earlier this year is aimed at increasing affordable development and social services and improving public safety in the area – so the needs of the current low-income residents of Como are being protected to some extent. Development of businesses and retail along Horne Street is part of the plan too.

If You Want To Live Close To Downtown…

If you want to live close to downtown and don’t own a property inside the loop, your choices are few. But Como is a neighborhood to watch for the future. It’s not a neighborhood I can wholeheartedly recommend right now, but something is happening in Como. And it could be something that’s good Fort Worth real estate and good for Fort Worth as a whole.

Watch with me and let’s see what happens in Como – because it can’t stay like it is much longer.

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Marion Zygadlo is broker/owner of Buyer's Choice Realtors, an exclusive buyer’s agency. For over 22 years, Marion has specialized in representing ONLY homebuyers and protecting your best interests. There is no additional charge for his services since he receives his fee from the listing agent. If you want an agent on your side who also has architectural and construction experience, choose Buyer's Choice Realtors. Call (817) 817-735-4848 or email marion@homeofyourown.com.
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