Samuels Avenue (Rock Island)
How We Categorize: Up & Coming
Most Known For: The Rock Island railroad that once ran through the area
Location: Central Fort Worth, North of Downtown
Zip Code(s): 76102
The juxtaposition of old and new on Samuels Avenue contributes to the intrigue of this up-and-coming (again) neighborhood. It’s a street with plenty of history, lined with several 1800s homes, not to mention Pioneers Rest Cemetery, where Fort Worth founders like Major Ripley Allen Arnold and Edward H. Tarrant are buried.
But the area is attracting plenty of new development, too. San Antonio-based developer Embrey Partners, for one, is bringing an apartment project around the historic Garvey House, adding to the numerous multi-family options to what’s being called “uptown Fort Worth.” The term “uptown” originated with development partners Tom Struhs and Rudy Renda, who assembled 45 acres of land northeast of downtown in 1996 with the intention of bringing more development to the area. And development came, with projects like the Lincoln Bluff at Trinity Park Apartments and the Trinity Urban Bluff and District, to name a few. “Uptown” isn’t the most popular term among residents, however, says neighborhood association president Gwen Harper. Some residents prefer the name “Rock Island,” which refers to the Rock Island railroad that once ran through the area.
No matter what name it goes by, the area has shown no signs of stopping. The Panther Island development north of downtown is underway nearby, expected to bring a San Antonio-style riverwalk, dining and entertainment venues – as well as about 16,000 permanent jobs, according to the Trinity River Vision Authority. With Samuels Avenue at the heart of it all, this neighborhood is certainly worth keeping an eye on.