The basics of the neighborhood logistics – local government, utilities, need-to-know numbers – it’s all here! Be sure to check the Community Directory for restaurants, day cares, and more. If you’re looking for schools in and near Shaw, see our School Profiles.
The Shaw Neighborhood falls within the newly-formed Second District of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and our neighborhood association meetings are often attended by our district’s Captain Swiderski and sometimes Chief Sam Dotson. For emergencies (meaning anything that is happening right now), dial 9-1-1. The non-emergency number is 314-231-1212. Do call the police for any suspicious behavior. Don’t second-guess yourself!
Neighborhood Stabilization Officer & Citizen’s Service Bureau
For common problems you may have with city services, the best course of action is to contact the Citizen’s Services Bureau. They’ll handle issues such as potholes, street lights not working, dumpsters overflowing, etc. For more involved problems you may have, such as a problem property, work with our Neighborhood Stabilization Officer Michelle Boston-David. She can generally assist you, as described here.
Elected Officials vary within the Shaw Neighborhood depending on where you live. The St. Louis Address Lookup Site provides a list specific to where you live. Most of the neighborhood falls within the city’s eighth aldermanic ward. You can learn more about our Alderman below.
The Shaw Neighborhood is within Ward 8, and our Alderman is Steve Conway. He is able to assist with navigating city services and a lot of other things as well. You can contact him as shown on his website, at a SNIA meeting or you may often find him at Thurman Grill.
Have a question about your neighborhood or block? Need help coordinating with SNIA or the Alderman? Your block captain can help! Each block has a block captain through SNIA, and they can be very helpful. Get in touch with your block captain or get information on becoming one!
Streets are cleaned once a month. If you park a car on the street, you’ll be required to move it before the street is cleaned, or you’ll very likely get a parking ticket. There are signs along the street specifying when your street will be cleaned.
Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste, & Bulk Pickup
The City of St. Louis Refuse Division provides for all disposal in the City. You will either have dumpsters in your alley or be provided with a roll cart for street pickup. Trash bins are grey, recycle bins are blue, and compost bins are green.
Bulk items are picked up at 6 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month
(Place up to 3 items behind your house, 3 to 4 feet from dumpster)
Residents that have curbside collection should place their bulk items at the curb. If bulk items are set out other than the designated time you are subject to a fine – as much as $500. Bulky items include household furniture, appliances, oil from motor vehicles, car batteries, tires, yard or building refuse (shingles, logs, plaster, etc). Refrigerator doors must be removed. No container or bundle may weigh over 100 lbs., be over 6 ft. long, or be over 2 ft. in diameter. You can always find out when your bulk pickup is using the St. Louis Address Lookup Site.
Cable, Internet, Phone, & Utilities
Electric (including alley lights): Ameren UE
Water: City of St. Louis Water
Gas: Laclede Gas
Changing Your Voter Registration
The St. Louis Board of Elections handles all voter registrations. Look there to find the method most convenient for you.
Safety & Security
These local and national resources can help you with everything from crime prevention and statistics to children’s internet safety.
Burglar-Proofing Your Home (SafeWise)
Practical, low-cost tips for avoiding burglaries before they occur.
Fire Safety Tip Sheets (NFPA)
Printable, customizable fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association.
Garage Safety Checklist (Traffic Safety Store)
Use this checklist to accident-proof your garage by eliminating hazards and improving functionality.
Home Security and Crime Prevention Directory for the state of Missouri (SafeWise)
Missouri emergency phone numbers, crime statistics, natural disaster resources, and burglary-prevention tips.
Household Safety Checklist (KidsHealth)
Children’s safety checklists to help parents evaluate the safety of all areas of the home, including the backyard and outdoor areas.
Internet SafetyCenter (CenturyLink)
Internet safety and security resources that educate children, teens and parents on how to protect themselves and others online.
Radon Gas Testing (AngiesList)
A guide to Radon (responsible for 20,000 lung cancer deaths per year), including how to test your home for Radon and what to do if it’s is detected.
Attractions & Amenities
There is SO much to love about the Shaw neighborhood! To dig into lists of small businesses, nearby attractions, etc., check out our Attractions & Amenities section.
Take yourself on a walking tour of the neighborhood with this guide!
The Kingshighway branch of the St. Louis Public Library is just blocks away in the Southwest Garden neighborhood:
2260 South Vandeventer Ave.
(Kingshighway & Vandeventer)
9am – 6pm Monday
12pm – 7pm Tuesday – Thursday
11am – 6pm Friday
9am – 6pm Saturday
If you do not yet have a card, bring a piece of mail or something proving your city residency with you when you go to sign up! The Carpenter Branch is the second closest, located on south Grand.
Shaw has so many great food options:
Shaw Market: This corner store sells convenience-store fare as well as healthier options. They also have a small deli and sell traditional Eritrean box dinners on Wednesday nights.
4200 Shaw Ave.
7am – 8pm daily
(corner of Klemm and Shaw)
Tower Grove Farmer’s Market: Not only are there a multitude of local vendors, but KDHX provides live, local musicians and – weather permitting – there is a wading pool/fountain for the kids and a yoga class.
Tower Grove Park (near the tennis courts and Pool Pavilion)
Saturdays from 8am to noon, May through November
Ruler Foods (a Kroger Co. store)
2700 S. Grand Blvd.
8am – 9pm daily
(just east of Grand Blvd.)
Schnucks on the Hill
5505 Arsenal (Southwest Garden)
6am – midnight daily
(just west of Kingshighway)
Post Office & Shipping Services
Tower Grove USPS
3198 S. Grand (Tower Grove East)
9am – 4pm weekdays
4120 Manchester Ave. (Forest Park Southeast/The Grove)
9am – 5pm weekdays
9:30am – 12:30 pm Saturdays
3112 S. Grand (Tower Grove East)
7:30am – 9pm weekdays
8am – 6pm Saturdays
12 – 6pm Sundays
Need to paint? Have a leaky faucet? Two hardware stores are located nearby.
MetroLink Light Rail/MetroBus
We have so many public transportation options in Shaw! You can always look up and plot your route using the the Metro Trip Planner or Google Maps. The #8 and #80 go through our neighborhood, the #70 runs up and down Grand, and the #30 is just a short walk across the park to Arsenal. The nearest MetroLink station is just north of our neighborhood on Grand Ave.
One bus ride is $2, and a 2-hour pass (meaning unlimited travel for any bus or train) is $3. On the bus, only exact change is accepted (or more, no change given).
The MetroLink train stations have kiosks which accept cash or (at Missouri stations only) Visa, Mastercard or Discover. You can also purchase passes for all durations – including weekly or monthly – at these stations, select other locations or online.
You may take bicycles on the buses (place on the rack out on the front of the bus) or on the trains (stand with your bike at the back of the last car).
Questions? Call Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or tweet to @STLMetro.