Located in southeast Houston, adjacent to Hobby Airport, TIRZ 8 functions as a means to improve the area bounded by 610, I-45 East, MLK, and Almeda Genoa. TIRZ 8 is identified by four distinct features: Nodes, Districts, Paths, and Edges, as shown below. These features were chosen to broker an understanding of the area’s unique physical layout, functionality, and individual character.

Nodes, or Activity Centers, are significant destinations that regularly attract people and typically include a focused concentration of land uses such as shopping areas, major parks, educational institutions, or employers in one location.


  • Cullinan Park
  • Golfview Park
  • Stuart Park (Outside TIRZ)
  • Edgewood Park
  • Law Park
  • Dow Park
  • Glenbrook Park
  • Charlton Park


  • Thomas Middle School
  • Frost Elementary School
  • Sterling High School
  • Mading Elementary
  • Alcott Elementary
  • Brookline Elementary
  • Golfcrest Elementary
  • Bellfort Academy
  • Ortiz Middle School
  • Houston Can Academy


  • Gulfgate Mall


  • Hobby Airport

Districts are sub areas of a reinvestment zone and are largely centered around major corridors, including Mykawa Corridor, Telephone Corridor, Broadway Corridor, Bellfort Corridor, Dixie Corridor, and Long Corridor.

  • Mykawa Corridor
  • Telephone Corridor
  • Broadway Corridor
  • Bellfort Corridor
  • Dixie Corridor
  • Long Corridor

Paths are channels for traveling from one destination to another and create the framework for the area on which all other components fit.

  • Roadways
  • BNSF Railway
  • Sims Bayou Trail

Edges create a sense of division between places. On the community-wide scale, edges create a physical and psychological sense of separation. Edges can be manmade, such as a highway or major railroad, or they can be natural areas or waterways.

  • 610
  • I-45
  • Sims Bayou