Metro

Ethics Alive

A city panel on ethical dealings shows signs of life.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
Questionable ethics at city hall have gone mostly unchallenged in recent years because residents weren’t sure how to combat them. Not anymore.


Tearing up the Track

Transit advocates are hot over attempts to reject federal streetcar money.
DAN MCGRAW
Three weeks ago, a city-hired engineering firm released its first study on modern streetcars, identifying six possible routes that Fort Worth should consider. These would connect downtown with the Cultural District, the Near So...



Rethinking Red-Light Cameras

Fort Worth isn’t the only place where the traffic devices face opposition.
JEFF PRINCE
Small pickups are dicey on wet streets. Their lightweight rear ends can lose traction on slick surfaces, particularly during sudden stops. So Daniel Byram had to make a split-second decision last fall when a traffic light turne...


Barrels of Questions

The city says a wall of foundry waste poses little problem for the Botanic Garden.
TASHA HAYTON
A 20-foot retaining wall of unsealed, rusting barrels of industrial waste looms over the western edge of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, near the site of a planned children’s garden.



’Copters or Community?

The city might close community centers, but there’s money for a new heliport — mostly for corporate executives.
DAN MCGRAW
When the city of Fort Worth announced plans in May to build a public heliport near downtown, the reasons given were not surprising. The heliport complex just east of I-35W would help boost downtown business and open in time for...


Carswell Loses in Court

The prison hospital has been found negligent in an inmate’s 2004 death.
BETTY BRINK
When inmate Linda D’Antuono Fenton died in 2004, eight days after she was moved from the Federal Medical Center-Carswell to a local hospital, her family was left with many unanswered questions. Now a federal judge has answere...



Sewage Plant for Mary’s Creek?

Westside residents say no to a proposed new wastewater treatment facility.
SUSAN COSTA AND JEFF PRINCE
Although Fort Worth water officials are considering putting a new sewage treatment plant near homes on the West Side of Fort Worth, residents aren’t making any demands about buffering, environmental protections, or odor contr...


DISH Water

Testing goes on, but a North Texas family’s water source appears to have been fouled by gas drillers.
JASON JOYCE
Clogged filters, low water pressure, and test results alternately confirming and disproving the presence of harmful chemicals in their private water well have led a DISH family to switch to bottled water for everything from bru...



Finish Line for the Pate

The transportation museum’s holdings go on the auction block this week.
story and photos BY STEVE WATKINS
It’s been part of the landscape on State Highway 377 for more than 40 years. Each time I drove past the Pate museum and saw the giant cargo plane looming in the distance, it brought up memories of climbing on the tanks as a c...


Growing Community

Public gardens and markets are taking root in Fort Worth.
BETTY BRINK
The idea of turning a city’s unused green space into urban gardens has been slow in coming to Fort Worth compared to the rest of the country — inner-city gardens have been part of the New York City landscape since 1976, for...