Six independent, autonomous cities make up the Memorial Villages within west Houston’s Memorial neighborhood. These villages, ranked among some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the nation, was formerly an outlying estate-focused area considered "out in the country." The mystique and feel of a private, luxury neighborhood hidden in majestic forestry has remained through the years for the wealthy residents of Hunters Creek, Piney Point, Hedwig, Bunker Hill, Spring Valley and Hillshire Villages. These independent cities operate autonomously of Houston and have joint fire and police coverage with each having their own mayor and village government justice departments. The community has retained control over advertising, billboards and all general commercialism allowing shopping centers only along the outer edges of the neighborhoods. Close proximity to the 610 loop, I-10, and Beltway 8 puts residents within few minutes access to Memorial City, Galleria, City Centre, Downtown and Energy Corridor. The Memorial Villages offer a nearly incomparable luxury lifestyle deep in the heart of Houston with Memorial Park, Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial City Mall seemingly inside the neighborhood .