Running southeast toward Galveston is I-45 South, nicknamed the Gulf Freeway. Several diverse neighborhoods and communities border the freeway, which was the first freeway in the city Gulfgate Mall, built at the intersection of the Gulf Freeway and Loop 610 South, was Houston's first shopping mall. The south Houston area settlement grew around orange and fig orchards and rice farms. Later, as oil fields developed in the late 1930s, many residents worked in refineries in Texas City.
Parts of south Houston are among the fastest growing in the entire region, and newcomers will find a variety of lifestyle options on the southside of Houston. One can find relatively new homes in the Clear Lake area,