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Near Southside District

Low-rise West Magnolia was once a down-and-out district but here locally-owned independent cafes, bistros, restaurants and bars have grown up to counteract the fast food chain mentality and offer something of an artsy alternative neighborhood, where whimsical intellectual types gaze out of coffee shop windows and bright young things gather come sundown for artisan cocktails. The alternative spirit of the Near Southside is perhaps best exemplified by the monthly Friday on the Green, with live music and food stalls. Photo by Kevin Buchanan