Fort Worth, or “Cowtown” as those who live here call it, is working hard to keep its homegrown roots – even as it tops lists as the fastest-growing large city in Texas (2011). Yet, Fort Worth has kept its old-fashioned values, celebrating its colorful Old West heritage as it has grown to become a city full of opportunity.
Fort Worth residents take great pride in the transformation its downtown area has experienced. Planned expansion of retail and restaurant areas, the construction of two mega-movie houses and the number of festivals and events hosted here has breathed new life into downtown Fort Worth. Sundance Square is just one example with restaurants, live theatre and live music, with the famed Fort Worth Stockyards just a mile away.
Fort Worth arts patrons have also been responsible for creating and supporting a fantastic arts scene, including the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall – the home of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera, the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the lauded Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the much-loved Casa Mañana Theatre.
All that activity has attracted more and more people to the city’s downtown, with condos popping up to support the desire for a more urban lifestyle. Named one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” Fort Worth is also a great value because of its overall lower cost of living – which is very competitive and comparable to the cost of living with other cities in Texas. www.fortworthchamber.org