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The Pros of Parking

ANDREW TAFT
The Weekly’s Jan. 9 cover story (“What ‘Free’ Parking?”) on the downtown parking additions made possible with tax-increment financing almost entirely dismissed what that program was designed to do ...


Circular Track

Stepping off the curb earns a reporter eight years of threats but no day in court.
Jeff Prince
Lyrics to an old Johnny Cash song run through my brain with every trip to my mailbox.



Big Rig, No Cattle

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Anyone who does big bidness in Cowtown knows two important rules: Stick your hand out when the city council is writing tax-break checks, and stick your hand into your own pocket to buy some meat on the hoof at the Stock Show ev...


This Ain’t Their Best Rodeo

Tradition won’t pay the rent for bull riders in Fort Worth.
Dan McGraw
About an hour and a half before he is to pop his light frame onto the back of a 1,500-pound bull, Kyle Miller stretches to get ready.



UFO U-Turn

E. R. BILLS
Before Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out in 1977, Steven Spielberg & Co. sponsored an art contest for kids across the country. The goal was to submit a rendering that most closely resembled the space aliens that ...


Downwind of a Windfall

Air pollution settlement will provide seed money for “green” projects.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Generally speaking, when small environmental groups take on gigantic corporations, it usually doesn’t end well for the little guy – or the environment, for that matter.



Bully-Goat Bluff

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Fear is a great way to control folks. Scare the bejeebers out of ‘em and they’ll do anything you ask. As a powermonger’s ploy, it dates back to the beginning of recorded history, up to and including recent mas...


Master’s Degree of a Mess

TCC’s downtown campus has failing marks in history and urban planning.
Betty Brink
In October 2004, when Tarrant County College District officials posed at a ceremonial groundbreaking for their downtown campus along the Trinity River bluff just east of the Tarrant County Courthouse, Chancellor Leonardo de la ...



No Names, Just Burritos

An untraditional bunch rolls up and rolls out the goodies for street folk.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Southeast of downtown, in the rundown neighborhoods where Fort Worth’s homeless shelters are hidden safely out of view of the Sundance crowd, Steve and J.D. Christian found a welcome respite last weekend from their day-la...


Moneychangers in the Taxpayers’ Temple

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It’s true, there are several definitions of the word “lobby.” It can be the first room you enter in a hotel or office building. It can be a collective noun describing a bunch of people who wine, dine, inform, ...