Tackling Hard Topics

By Emma Klues | No Comments

Are you interested in tackling the hard topics facing our community and the world today? Want to get to know some neighbors and hear diverse perspectives? Here’s what your Shaw neighbors are organizing: SNIA’s Community Conversations Sunday, March 15   4-6pm The Word at Shaw – 4265 Shaw Blvd We are continuing our Shaw Conversations in 2015. Join us for the first of what we envision as many opportunities… Read More

Parking: A Collaborative Adventure

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Life in St. Louis City is both wonderful and sometimes challenging. But, the challenges can be reduced in magnitude when we all remember to be kind and respectful to one another. Photo Credit: Paul Sableman via Flickr Have you ever visited another city and driven around and around looking… Read More

Shaw & Tell

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Have you heard of our Shaw & Tell series? With 6,800 residents in Shaw, we know there is a wealth of knowledge, skills, and diverse experiences within our neighborhood. In September 2014, we started organizing free or low-cost events where Shaw residents demo a skill or share an experience. We hope this is an opportunity where you can learn something new while connecting with neighbors. We… Read More

A Bit of Shaw History: Henry Flad

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 Two of Shaw’s streets are named after engineers who made significant contributions to the City of St. Louis— Flad Avenue (Henry W. Flad) and Klemm Avenue (Richard Klemm). Below is a brief history of Henry Flad that first appeared in the January newsletter of the American Society of Civil Engineers- St. Louis Section. Henry Flad: A Pioneering St. Louis Civil Engineer was written by Charles Buescher and edited by Jeff Fouse.  HENRY W. FLAD… Read More

Remarks to the Ferguson Commission by Lawrence Johnson, SNIA President

By Laura Kinsell-Baer | No Comments

Good evening Ferguson Commission, welcome to the Shaw neighborhood. Shaw, being the location of one of three incidents that gave rise to the establishment of this Commission, is uniquely situated to address your charge: “to help chart a new path toward healing and positive change for the residents of the St. Louis region.” On viewing the racialized media images of the shootings and hearing the reactions of pundits, politicians, and activists, one might well come… Read More

Spotlight on Shaw: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

By Laura Kinsell-Baer | No Comments

By Lawrence Johnson, President Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association With the shooting of Vonderitt Myers Jr. in Shaw coming on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Kajieme Powell in Riverview, many people were left feeling, “here we go again, the same old, same old.” In a sense that’s true. With the growing social/economic divides, prevailing racism, and escalating fear in our society, such tragic shootings are likely to continue. Read More


By Emma Klues | No Comments

Check back here to continue to see people sharing their perspectives on the Historic Shaw Neighborhood. We are not without our challenges, but our community is standing strong together. [View the story “#Shaw” on Storify]… Read More

Healing in Shaw

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of a resident who was shot last night in Shaw. The loss of a human life, no matter the circumstance, leaves us all with heavy hearts. A Peace Vigil and a Prayer Vigil are scheduled for tonight, October 9th, to begin the process of healing. More information on our Facebook page at There are large-scale, long-term issues at hand. While incidents like this… Read More

This Saturday: Neighbors Naturescaping

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  SNIA’s Beautification Committee received a grant from Brightside St. Louis for a Neighbors Naturescaping project at 39th and DeTonty. The Neighbors Naturscaping program is designed to help neighborhood groups come together to beautify their communities by planting gardens in public spaces.   We need volunteers: – Volunteers with trucks: meet Emmett Coleman at the Forest Park Greenhouse at 8:30am on Saturday, October 11th. – Volunteers meet at 39th and DeTonty at 9am for tilling, digging… Read More

Spotlight on Shaw: Highway Once Proposed for Tower Grove Park

By Stephanie Herbers | No Comments

“I think that I shall never see a highway as lovely as a tree…” This is the caption of an editorial cartoon that caught my attention as I looked through clippings in a binder marked A Bit of Shaw History from 1958-1971. With funds budgeted in a bond issue approved in a city-wide election in 1955, the City of St. Louis pursued building a depressed highway linking Tower Grove Avenue and Morganford Road. The mayor… Read More