As reported on Unfair Park, District 14’s very own Junius Heights Historic District was selected by This Old House Magazine as the nation’s “Best Neighborhood For Families” in their annual “Best Old House Neighborhoods” contest:
Like most of Texas, the city of Dallas is obsessed with all things big. But the people of the Junius Heights neighborhood beg to differ. “This is a small-town, front-porch community,” says Bill Williams, who purchased a Craftsman here in 2003. Junius Heights is home to some of the city’s most interesting residents, including artists, reporters for The Dallas Morning News, and about half the lawyers in town. And it’s turning into a haven for families looking to eschew traditional suburban living. That’s thanks in part to Woodrow Wilson High School, “one of the best examples of an inner-city high school in the country,” according to one resident (and Newsweek magazine). The school provides a top-notch education, as well as entertainment for Junius Heights residents through its excellent theater and athletic programs. More….
Junius Heights is a great example of how historic district designation can help stabilize a neighborhood. Since becoming an historic district in 2006, the neighborhood has enjoyed improved property values and has become even more attractive to families. Most importantly, Junius Heights is full of active, involved neighbors who look out for each other and take pride in their lovely corner of East Dallas.
Congrats to the residents of Junius Heights for this well-deserved national recognition!