Super Neighborhoods

Super Neighborhood 5 - Greater Inwood

Recognized 05.11.2000

Location

Greater Inwood is located in the northwest part of Houston. It is accessible via six major thoroughfares: Antoine, West Little, West Gulf Bank, Pinemont, Victory, and Tidwell. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad bisects the community. It is 30 minutes away from downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, and the George Bush International Airport.

Brief History

Greater Inwood area was developed in the early 1960s for oil executives during the Houston oil boom. During this period, the Inwood Forest Country Club was built, a private golf course, later became a community gathering place. The club, located on Antoine is no longer used as a golf course.

General identity/characteristics

This ethnically diverse community has a mixture of land uses, with single-family residential comprising the majority (85%) of the land uses. These homes are located in 35 neighborhoods including Inwood Forest, Candlelight Oaks, Woodland Trails, Candlelight Forest, Forest West and Antoine Forest Village.

Industrial uses account for the second highest (9%) land use and are concentrated primarily along two major thoroughfares, Bingle Road and Houston Rosslyn. The International Paint Company is one of the major employers in the area. Office uses, which account for the least (2%) land use, are scattered throughout the area. Several large apartments in the area are located along Antoine, Tidwell, De Soto, Holly View, West Little York and Gulf Bank.

Community organizations

There are three active organizations in the community: the Greater Inwood Partnership (GIP), The Greater Inwood Super Neighborhood Council (GISNC), and the Near Northwest Management District (NWMD). The GISNC is an organization of residents and stakeholders that serve as a forum to discuss issues impacting the area, reach a consensus on projects and develop a super neighborhood action plan (SNAP), a list of community action items.

The GIP, http://www.greaterinwoodpartnership.org/, is a non profit organization with a mission to develop, encourage, promote, beautify, protect and unify the area. Major accomplishments of the organization include the creation of three new park spaces, the creation of the Near Northwest Management District, and the awarding of more than $60,000 in education scholarships, and the planting of more than 3000 trees and shrubs.

The NWMD, http://www.nearnorthwestdistrict.com, was created by the State of Texas to promote and coordinate economic growth, cultural activities and public welfare in the area. The group has successfully undertaken many projects including graffiti abatement, Highway 290 expansion information and advocacy meetings, Adopt an Esplanade support, and was recently awarded a weed and seed grant from the federal government to undertake many projects including after school programs and economic development.

Super Neighborhood Statistical Info