In the Area Surrounding Simon David, Dissent Over Planned Demolition, Expansion
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Earlier this week, we made mention of plans afootto raze Simon David on Inwood Road and replace it with an even larger grocery store
. Turns out, some in the neighborhood are absolutely opposed to Randall's Food & Drugs' proposal, which is about to be discussed by the City Plan Commission, which can OK the application and send it on to city council, delay it for further study or just say no, after which Randall's would appeal to the council anyhow.
Leading the opposition: the 40-year-old North Park Love Field Community Civic League, led by Joyce Lockley, about whom The Dallas Times Herald wrote way back in June 1969. She appears in a story about "one of the most quiet, dramatic revolutions in the history of Dallas" taking place within what had been, up until then, a mostly white, affluent neighborhood into which African-Americans had only recently begun to move. Lockley's family was among the first to move in (in 1957), and though she encountered her share of slammed doors and cold stares, Lockley reached out to neighbors rather than allow the divide to linger. After the jump, you'll find Lockley's August 14 letter to the plan commission, in which she cites the civic league's concerns about the expansion -- some of which date back decades -- and the 1969 Times Herald piece.
Lockley, incidentally, is herself a former Dallas City Plan Commissioner -- and she was among the panelists included in The Dallas Morning News's "Dallas at the Tipping Point" round table. And, notes one Friend of Unfair Park, "She was the steam that made the dream known as the Polk Recreation Center a reality."