Metro
Billman: “We’re not trying to make TCU look like the bad guys.” Lee Chastain

Parking Too Close

TCU’s plans for a garage have neighbors worried.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Hank Billman has knocked on a lot of his neighbors’ doors recently. The resident of Colonial Hills — the neighborhood west of Texas Christian University — isn’t selling encyclopedias or inviting folks to church. He’s ...


Willis questions whether water quality concerns were addressed before folks were encouraged to jump in the Trinity. Naomi Vaughan

Does Untested = Clean?

Tubing events were cancelled when the river might have made people sick.
JEFF PRINCE
Did the Trinity River Vision Authority cancel tubing events this year and last year because of high levels of dangerous bacteria in the river? It depends on your definition of “because.” A TRVA spokesman says E. coli played...



Metrop

Tasers Off

In three local cities, Tasers are temporarily on the shelf.
PETER GORMAN
Four Tarrant County cities temporarily suspended their police departments’ use of Taser electronic devices in late September, based on what their attorneys said were new warnings that the devices can be deadly. Anti-Taser act...


Getting & Spending art design winner and Art Institute student, Jonathan Ayala

Best Of Getting & Spending 2013

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Customer Service Readers’ choice: Spec’s, 2750 S Hulen St,  FW Critic’s choice: Marquita Sims, Whole Foods Market, 801 E Lamar Blvd, Arl In the rare instances when customers get pissed off about something –– “my ga...



Metro

Protecting Industry

That’s what opponents say the new compressor station ordinance does.
EDWARD BROWN AND PETER GORMAN
A natural gas compressor ordinance passed by the Fort Worth City Council last week has closed a several-years-old loophole favoring drillers but simultaneously expanded other allowances for the industry, leaving a contentious i...


Malloy, in the jungle-like alley behind his house: “Is the city going to fine itself?” Jeff Prince

Out of Sight, Out of Gas

Alley maintenance gets little respect from city budget officials, but the neighbors miss it when it’s gone.
JEFF PRINCE
A green alley runs behind houses along West Magnolia and Harrison avenues in the historic Mistletoe Heights neighborhood, providing city and utility workers access to water, electric, and gas lines. Jim Malloy has lived on Harr...



The NRC says protections against terrorism are “appropriate and robust.” Kathryn Jones

Nuclear Defense

A new report says Comanche Peak and other plants are far too susceptible to terrorist attacks.
EDWARD BROWN
More than a decade after 9/11, terrorism response plans at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant 40 miles south of Fort Worth still aren’t designed to guard against attacks anywhere near the scope of those launched in New York an...


Historic Fort Worth has listed the Garvey-Viehl-Kelley House on Samuels Avenue as one of Fort Worth’s most endangered places. Mario Montalvo

Shaky History

A tear-down trend could cost the city more of its heritage.
MARIO MONTALVO
Downtown Fort Worth is partially ringed by close-in residential neighborhoods where many older homes are charming, some dilapidated, and some potentially historic. In such neighborhoods, historic preservationists see chances to...



At Benbrook Middle School, posters explain how the geothermal system works. Courtesy FWISD

Schooled in Green

Geothermal systems in Fort Worth schools will save untold dollars over the years.
ERIC GRIFFEY
From Highway 377, Benbrook Middle School looks out of place. The modern-looking, brown-and-cream-colored structure stands in stark contrast to the cattle pasture across the street and the myriad strip malls dotting the landscap...


Banta: "I would have liked to meet with my neighborhood" before Steer FW began its efforts.

Bluebonnet Brouhaha

TCU-area neighborhood not sure it wants to be Steer-ed.
EDWARD BROWN AND ERIC GRIFFEY
In March, Mike Banta, head of Blue-bonnet Place Neighborhood Association, received what seemed to him a curious e-mail. It came from someone named Kyle Jenson, representing an organization called Steer FW, and outlined several ...