As one of Jackson's oldest communities, Fondren has seen its share of ups and downs. The neighborhood began to see a decline through the 1980s, with a gradual departure of its population. Much of the neighborhood's property went into disrepair and crime levels increased.
Recently, however, community leaders and homeowners began to develop projects focused on creative arts and design. This initiative attracted mixed-use developments that allowed the community to live, work and play all in one place. Today, Fondren is home to numerous artists, restaurants, galleries and other businesses, making it one of Jackson's most vibrant, desirable and (as the neighbors would remind you) funky and artistic neighborhoods.