Two bright spots in the neighborhood are Chinatown Shopping Center, which opened in 2006, and Brownie Park. Chinatown features Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and businesses, Vietnamese video rentals, Chinese hair salons, and a large Asian supermarket. Across Lamar Blvd. is a strip mall with another Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant, as well as a Mexican grocery store. Half-acre Brownie Park has picnic tables and a playground and is used mainly by the local residents.
Being adjacent to I-35 and Lamar Blvd. makes it easy to commute from the neighborhood to the rest of the city, and downtown is just a 15-minute drive. Public transportation is also accessible. Traffic and noise can get bad along I-35 and Lamar Blvd. Inside the neighborhood, away from the main thoroughfares, the environment is residential, with wide, tree-lined streets, modest-sized bungalows, and inexpensive apartment complexes.