Introduced as a concept in the 1930s, the “defense loop,” as it was originally known, was initially built to protect Houston’s ship channel and industry during WWII, and driving anywhere near the 38-mile mega structure can still feel like a battle today.
After some protests by Bellaire residents and last-minute rerouting thanks to a few politically-related moves, its circular shape started taking place during the 50’s, and the entire structure was complete by 1975, “giving die-hard inner-loopers a reason for being.”
If you’re not familiar with the caste-like system that is Houston society, being from “inside the Loop” is a big deal, i.e. expensive, exclusive, and a little livelier than the sprawling suburbs.
See for yourself what makes the Loop so great in the footage of a drive around the entire thing:
38 minutes has to be a record.
Love it or hate it, the Loop is here to stay.
Quintessential Houston! Don’t ever change.