The Spirit of ’61

Former minister and Stockyards bookstore owner Robert Platt remembers helping Texas Tech accept African-Americans.
Jeff Prince @jeffroprince
Another summer is winding down –– number 87 for Robert Platt. Seasons come and go rather uneventfully these days. Platt retired as a college professor about 25 years ago, and he then spent 16 years owning and operating the ...

Wilkinson’s installation piece was on display during Bobby on Drums at Shipping & Receiving.

Art, Money, and Love

All the news these days seems to be about connecting Fort Worth’s underground with its institutions.
Eric Griffey
Institutional Support Is Coming? Fort Worth has plenty of great artists, but it hasn’t traditionally been a nurturing place for young talent. For every Nancy Lamb-type success story, there are a dozen equally skilled painters...

Downwinders at Risk director Jim Schermbeck is asking EPA to reject Texas' ozone plan for North Texas.

What Air Pollution?

Environmental groups are asking EPA to reject Texas’ air pollution plan for Fort Worth.
Edward Brown @ejb0017
By 2018, the air quality in North Texas is projected to be among the worst in the country. That’s according to a recent ozone study by the Environmental Protection Agency. And we won’t be alone. Baltimore, Houston, and New ...

Jeffcoat (left) and Allred had no background in politics before co-founding Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders.

Bern-ing Love

Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders is about more than just one U.S. presidential candidate.
Edward Brown
Thanks to Citizens United and lax rules governing political action committees, we all might as well get comfy and enjoy another seven-times-70 years of wealthy donors’ inserting themselves into U.S. politics. But Sky Allred a...

Photo by Jeff Prince.

Stockyards Shorty

Does anyone know what’s going on with Majestic Realty’s proposed $175 million deal for the historic area?
Eric Griffey
Fort Worth’s growth has spurred development at the speed of the Game of Thrones theme. Natives have marveled at new shops, houses, restaurants, hotels, and apartments that have sprung up in areas like West 7th, South Main Str...

Josh Weathers visits an orphanage in Vizag, India. Courtesy Josh Weathers.

We Want Change

Josh Weathers is using his star power to open a girls’ home in India.
Edward Brown
She was crying, lying on the steps of a police station in Mumbai. Not any older than a few days, the little girl was in bad shape. She had a cleft lip and palate, a genetic deformation that requires surgery to fix. It could hav...

MANO volunteers discuss upcoming events at Fort Worth Central Library. Photo by Kayla Stigall.


Young Latinos don’t have good mentors — that’s where these guys come in.
Edward Brown
In 2012, 15 percent of Hispanic male high school students –– that’s 889,000 boys –– dropped out, according to the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, 15 percent of college enrollees (2.4 million students) we...

Christopher Bonilla (left) and Fernando Florez are ready to see Hemphill/Berry take off. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Helping Hemphill

There’s more to fixing a dilapidated intersection than an urban village.
Edward Brown
One of Fort Worth’s best spots to grab a late-night street taco or catch a local punk band has long been Hemphill Street. The road isn’t just a local treasure. It’s an important thoroughfare between downtown and South For...

Mathews: “We’re going to try to showcase Fort Worth.”  Courtesy Chad Mathews.

Lone Star Film Society: Take 2

With a new director, the annual festival prepares for its national close-up in November.
Jeff Prince
Talk about a dramatic plot twist –– the Lone Star Film Festival is less than four months away, and the organization that oversees the event is topsy-turvy. Most of the small staff at the Lone Star Film Society recently walk...

Dr. Wayne Carson. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Fostering a New Attitude

ACH is rethinking (and redesigning) foster care.
Edward Brown
Wayne Carson is already seeing improvements. CEO of ACH Child and Family Services, a 100-year-old Fort Worth-based nonprofit that’s recently been hired by the state to oversee foster care in seven counties, including Tarrant,...