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Cities Within The City: Landlocked Municipalities Can Create Confusion For Houstonians

We learn about the many cities within the city of Houston — the areas that have been surrounded by Houston’s sprawl yet retained their own governments, police forces, and personalities.


As you’re driving around parts of Greater Houston, perhaps you've seen signs indicating that you’re leaving or re-entering the Houston city limits. And if you happen to be somewhere inside the loop or the Beltway when that happens, you've probably crossed into one of the numerous landlocked municipalities within the City of Houston that are technically small cities or villages unto themselves.

Municipalities like West University Place, Hunters Creek Village, Bunker Hill Village, Pasadena or the city of South Houston.How did Houston end up with these landlocked municipalities? What's their effect on the area around them and Greater Houston at large?

To find out, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Jerry Wood, former deputy assistant director of the city of Houston's planning department.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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