Metro
Lola meets Hermione, one of two hens that she and her mom now rent. Lee Chastain

Better Hens and Gardens

For fresh-egg fans, a new option: rent-a-chickens.
JEFF PRINCE
Cowtown might become known as Chicken Town if Beverly Thomas keeps working at her current pace. Her Weatherford-based business, 2 Buck Cluck, is gaining in popularity after a slow start, and most of her new customers live in Fo...


Art Institute's section design winner, Amy Minton.

Best Of Getting & Spending 2014

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Customer Service Readers’ choice: Junker Val’s, 3458 Bluebonnet Circle Critic’s choice: Glen Keely, Poag Mahone’s Irish Pub, 700 Carroll St Businesses make mistakes. But how a place recovers from a mistake speaks volume...



Gray: “When we say ‘affordable housing,’ more times than not it comes with a negative connotation.” Jeff Prince

Homes for All

A recent city ordinance change is designed to boost affordable and low-income housing.
ERIC GRIFFEY
For years, getting apartment developers to include affordable housing in their plans was like buying a used car –– it took a lot of haggling on the part of city officials. The best leverage the city had was tax incentives, ...


Ali: “I just want to make a living and feed my family.” Jeff Prince

Negative Charge

Its owner disagrees, but the PUC has pulled the plug on Proton Energy.
ERIC GRIFFEY
In a cramped office inside a Shell station at the corner of North University Drive and Jacksboro Highway, Ramzan R. Ali’s phone was ringing off the hook. The Pakistani native in his mid-50s has been in the U.S. for 40 years. ...



Zipcar, one of several new ridesharing arrangements, caters to TCU students and faculty. Brian Hutson

Ticket to Ride

Phone apps and start-ups are bringing new options for getting around Fort Worth without a car.
EDWARD BROWN
When Texas Christian University sophomore Kirina Awamoto moved to Fort Worth two years ago, she made the tough choice to leave her car in California. With insurance, parking, maintenance, and gas, the costs would have been too ...


The Stockyards certainly saw its share of discreet gambling back in the day, but no casinos. Jeff Prince

Gambling on History

Stockyards supporters fear that a new zoning scheme could open the door to casinos.
JEFF PRINCE
The man with the big cowboy hat who manages Leddy’s boot store in the Stockyards presents a sharp figure. Mark Dunlap’s clothes are starched and ironed. His white hat is clean, creases sharp. The store is immaculate. He run...



Treadway, right, with Corpus: “... the idea of sharing vows with 99 other couples ... sounded perfect for us.” Lee Chastain

Only Straights Need Apply

The Stockyards is planning a mass wedding, but not for just anyone.
PETER GORMAN
When Roy Treadway and his longtime partner John Corpus heard about a group wedding to be held in the Stockyards on Dec. 13, they decided to apply for one of the 100 available spaces. “I thought it was a cute idea,” said Tre...


Melaku: Because of “the ones we left behind and those who died, we now have a second chance.” Brian Hutson

Coming to America

Translating for the U.S. Army made Afghanistan too hot for one North Texas resident.
EDWARD BROWN
Two years after a harrowing escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban, Frank finally has some semblance of normalcy in his adopted home of North Texas. He was recently reunited with his Afghan wife and young daughter. Frank’s u...



Dansby posed with a Good Hands Crew last year. Courtesy Kyev Tatum

Good Hands, Bad News

Kids in a summer work program get caught in the middle.
JEFF PRINCE
The Fort Worth school district and the Rev. Kyev Tatum are blaming each other for a gutted summer work program that left 100 teens and young adults shortchanged by a total of about $60,000, with nobody stepping forward to foot ...


Ward Timber wants Region D’s natural resources protected. Courtesy Ward Timber

Flow Chart

Bipartisan resistance to a new reservoir could leave North Texas dry.
KENNETH KOST
A long-running battle over a proposed reservoir in Northeast Texas that is part of Fort Worth’s future water supply may be resolved by the Texas Water Development Board on Thursday, Aug. 7. When the current state water plan w...