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Blue-Collar Paradise

The gas drilling boom is putting North Texas workers on Easy Street – for now.
Peter Gorman
The $100 bottles of Patron tequila have been flying off the shelf at Two Bucks Beverage Center for the last couple of years.


Code Red for JPS

Patients, doctors, and activists say Fort Worth’s public hospital is failing in its primary job: caring for poor patients.
ERIC GRIFFEY and BETTY BRINK
Alan Cattlett spent more than a week in 2006 eating almost nothing and drinking himself almost to death, a result of severe depression.



Natural Man

Joe Kuban’s work and music have built an environmental legacy.
Jeff Prince
A teenager was just itching to set fire to Tandy Hills Park. But maybe there were other ways to destroy the trees.


Gone to Texas

For once, the presidential election is coming to a neighborhood near you.
DAVE MCNEELY and BETTY BRINK
Steve Hollern and Lon Burnam are about as politically opposite as it gets in Fort Worth



This Ain’t Their Best Rodeo

Tradition won’t pay the rent for bull riders in Fort Worth.
Dan McGraw
About an hour and a half before he is to pop his light frame onto the back of a 1,500-pound bull, Kyle Miller stretches to get ready.


Master’s Degree of a Mess

TCC’s downtown campus has failing marks in history and urban planning.
Betty Brink
In October 2004, when Tarrant County College District officials posed at a ceremonial groundbreaking for their downtown campus along the Trinity River bluff just east of the Tarrant County Courthouse, Chancellor Leonardo de la ...



Iron Men

High-steel workers view North Texas’ building boom from a dizzying perch.
Peter Gorman
When the tower crane’s boom came crashing down on him at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s control tower that day in 1972, it sent Rattlesnake Smith flying through the air, the impact hammering him through t...


Magical Misery Tour

JEFF PRINCE
Memento scavengers made hit-and-run stops for two days, stepping out of their cars to survey the pile of rubble in hopes of nabbing a brick, a fixture, a cinder block painted a familiar blue, any reminder of Fort Worth’s ...



Magical Misery Tour

Gen-Y’ers didn’t invent the scuzzy wonders of Fort Worth’s rock scene.
Jeff Prince
Memento scavengers made hit-and-run stops for two days, stepping out of their cars to survey the pile of rubble in hopes of nabbing a brick, a fixture, a cinder block painted a familiar blue, any reminder of Fort Worth’s ...


What “Free” Parking?

Downtown developers are parking millions of tax dollars in their garages.
Dan McGraw
When downtown Fort Worth was in the doldrums back in the late ’80s, the Sundance Square real estate development group – led by billionaire Ed Bass – knew what the problem was. Parking, pure and simple.