Folks on the east side of Fort Worth aren’t shy about speaking their minds. Necessity makes them noisy. Throughout the city’s history, the East Side has been considered the runt of the litter.

Forth Worth established itself near the Trinity River bluff in 1849, and development pretty much moved west, north, or south for the next, well, 163 years.

Chief mover/shaker Amon G. Carter (1879-1955)  looked eastward with skepticism during his era, and city leaders followed suit. Want to dump trash and sewage near the river east of downtown? No problem. After all, it drifted east toward Dallas.


Over the years, East Siders developed a persecution complex.

So it might be more entertaining than Saturday morning cartoons to attend “Coffee and Conversation,” a community chat with Mayor Betsy Price and love-him-or-hate-him District 4 City Councilman Danny Scarth.

“This is all about listening to the citizens of Fort Worth,” Price said. “We’re scheduling these community coffees all across our city, and we want to hear from anyone who has something to say.”

I’ll bet the East Side residents will oblige.

Coffee and Conversation, 9 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Hall, 6801 Manhattan Blvd.