Left: photo courtesy of the Dallas Municpal Archives; right: photo by Rory Nelson

In the 1970s, a road sliced through the neighborhood to better connect Lakewood with other parts of the city, and Abrams was diverted around the Lakewood Shopping Center and through Parks Estates to connect with Columbia and Main. This project split apart Junius Heights  in 1974 and created a six-lane obstacle to those who needed to cross the busy street. The street may soon be in for another change. In November’s bond package, there is a plan to change Columbia once again; reducing lanes for cars and creating designated bike lanes, wider sidewalks and better public transportation infrastructure. The change could connect the communities split by the original construction.

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