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Michael Banta is concerned about the new cookie cutter houses that now occupy his beloved neighborhood of 1930s bungalows. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Toothless Near TCU

As students cram into near-campus houses, homeowners are left with little recourse.
Kenneth Kost
When homeowners near TCU fought for an overlay in their district to restrict property owners from housing more than three unrelated tenants under the same roof, the homeowners didn’t know they would have to enforce the rules ...


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Off-Baseline
Peter Gorman
So there’s water contamination near fracking sites, but no provable connection between the two? That’s what two different June studies are saying. The industry is all over this, of course, claiming that they prove that hydr...



Elliot: “We poured every penny we have, blood, sweat, and tears into this  place.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

Boarded Up, Ink

Though Race Street is dying, a new business is being turned away.
Eric Griffey
The rows of empty buildings on Race Street in east Fort Worth look like a scene from the Great Depression. But the boarded up lots are a little misleading. The area is ground zero for what could be the city’s next bustling bu...


Klein: “It’s going to work out for the best.” Photo by Jeff Prince.

Store Swap

The Cattle Barn Flea Market has new digs — with A.C., heating, and free parking.
Jeff Prince
In 2010, city leaders implemented parking fees in the Cultural District. A (perhaps intended) consequence was the slow death of the Cattle Barn Flea Market, the city’s oldest bazaar. The market vacated the premises early this...



Jessica Castillo looks over the car that son Daniel Brumley drove the night he was shot. Photo by Jeff Prince.

Brumley Case to D.A.

Supporters of the 27-year-old man who was fatally shot by Fort Worth police may finally get some answers.
Jeff Prince
After taking more than 100 days to investigate the shooting death of Daniel Brumley, Fort Worth police have sent the case to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Brumley was killed by Officer Chris Jones after a tra...


Is Gov. Abbott signing away our environmental protections? Courtesy of Austin-American Statesman

HB40 Switcheroo

Even before the ink has dried on a new law, Denton is already under assault from drillers.
Peter Gorman
On Monday, May 18, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that eliminates many local restrictions on gas drilling and fracking in the state. Called the Denton Fracking Law by many of its critics, HB40 says that if an ordin...



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XL Problems

Shuttling tar sands through Texas from the Great White North is risky business — for the pipeline owners too.
Fort Worth Weekly
TransCanada, owner of the Keystone 1 pipeline and the southern leg of the Keystone XL, is currently undergoing a compliance investigation by the Federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. And the timing couldn...


Protestors in South Texas march against ICE’s newest facility.
Steve Pavey, Hope In Focus (www.stevepavey.com)

Asylum Seekers Detained

As detention centers in Texas hold asylum seekers needlessly, the private operators rake in millions.
Peter Gorman
In response to 2014’s unprecedented number of women with their children caught crossing the border between Mexico and the United States —68,000 families — President Obama expanded on a program of family detention that had...



Lopez: “Richland Hills would be taking on debt when we had no voice in it.” Photo by Lee Chastain.

Throw Mama from The T

Richland Hills and Blue Mound are worried they’ll be on the hook for part of an $800 million line.
Eric Griffey
TEX Rail, a 27-mile commuter rail project that would connect downtown Fort Worth, downtown Grapevine, and the north entrance of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, seems like a great deal for North Texas. The feds are foot...


Members of the SMU earthquake research team install a broadband seismicity monitor inside a storage building in the Reno/Azle area. Photo by Hillsman Jackman.

A Range of Tremors

Fort Worth gas company rattled by earthquakes, legal rulings.
Peter Gorman
Shakeups continue in the gas industry. A large company experienced legal setbacks, and the authors of a study by a local university think they know what caused all of those earthquakes in Azle and Reno that began in late 2013. ...