Just moved in? Here’s everything you need on one page. Dig in! And welcome to Shaw.
The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1975. The corporation is managed by an Executive Committee and governed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of elected representatives of each block in the Shaw Neighborhood – this large network of block captains ensures that every voice is heard and every resident is represented. The Board of Directors meet every other month at the SNIA office (4103 Shenandoah Ave). The SNIA serves the residents of the Shaw neighborhood by providing information, facilitating discussion, and acting on solutions. General membership meetings provide opportunities to personally interact with the Alderman, the 3rd District Police, the Neighborhood Stabilization Officer, SNIA Officers, as well as to meet and greet other residents of the community. The Chairs of each SNIA committee are present at meetings to provide updates and answer questions pertaining to committee activities. The program topics address current issues that are relevant to Shaw Neighborhood and St. Louis City. The general membership meetings are held quarterly at St. Margaret of Scotland Church basement (on 39th at Flad). Click here for more info or to join!
The Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation is a consolidation of Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation, Southwest Garden Housing Corporation and Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation. The three organizations have served the community for over 30 years. Now, as a combined entity, Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation continues the tradition and supports the area’s growth by promoting responsible development, affordable housing and diverse character and vibrancy in the neighborhoods surrounding Tower Grove Park. Through local development and community progress expertise, the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation serves as a resource to neighborhood residents, buyers/renters, developers, real estate agents and business owners.
Executive Director Sean Spencer is available to help answer all your community development related questions– from development incentives and details on available properties, tours of the neighborhoods, to tenant screening, nuisance property abatement, and Community Development Block Grant activities . Contact him at (314) 773-7429 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see how the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation can help you get connected to Shaw, Tower Grove South and Southwest Garden neighborhoods. Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation works closely with Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association, Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association, other community organizations and elected Alderpersons in our service area.
The Historic Shaw Art Fair happens every October as a fundraiser for the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA). This is a professionally-juried national fair featuring 135 artists from around the country who work in a variety of media and styles. Find out more!
The Shaw Dog Park opened in August of 2003. The concept: to provide a safe and secure place for pets to socialize and exercise, to enhance city living, and bring community members together. The Shaw Dog Park is located at the corner of Cleveland and Thurman Aves. It is fence enclosed, has lighting at night and water is available on site. There is a lock system, and there are rules and regulations, as well as a yearly membership fee for all members. Come visit us, and watch the dogs play. More info available on the Dog Park page.
Shaw residents use the (optional) social media site NextDoor to keep in touch. Description of this site is below! Click here to join now.
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.
Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
Quickly get the word out about a break-in
Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
Track down a trustworthy babysitter
Find out who does the best paint job in town
Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
Find a new home for an outgrown bike
Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.
The basics of the neighborhood logistics – local government, need to know numbers, it’s all here!
Shaw Neighborhood is located within the Second District of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and we our regularly visited by our district’s Captain Swiderski, and sometimes even Chief Sam Dotson, at our quarterly neighborhood meetings. For emergencies (meaning anything that is happening right now), dial 9-1-1. The non-emergency number is 314-231-1212. Report everything that looks suspicious!
Neighborhood Stabilization Officer & Citizen’s Service Bureau
For common problems you may have with city provided 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.
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 often find him at the Thurman Grill.
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.
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. Click here to learn more about our block captains, including info 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 else you get a parking ticket. There are signs along the street saying when your street will be cleaned.
Trash, Recycling, Yard Waste, and 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.
Several Utility Companies serve The Shaw Neighborhood.
Electric (including alley lights)
Changing Your Voter Registration
The St. Louis Board of Elections handles all voter registrations. Look there to find the method most convenient for you.
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 :
2260 South Vandeventer Avenue
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 corner store
Klemm and Shaw
Open daily 7am to 8pm
They sell convenience-store fare, are expanding to include more healthy options. They also sell traditional Eritrean box dinners on Wednesday nights.
Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from 8am to noon
May through November
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.
- Ruler Foods (a Kroger-owned store)
2700 S. Grand Blvd.
8am to 9pm daily
(just east of Grand Blvd.)
Local Harvest Grocery
3108 Morgan Ford
8am to 8pm daily
(just south of the park)
Schnucks on the Hill
6am to midnight daily
(Just west of Kingshighway)
3198 S. Grand
9am to 4pm weekdays
3112 S. Grand
7:30am to 9pm weekdays
8am to 6pm Saturdays
12 to 6pm Sundays
Home Depot/Hardware Store
We have so many public transportation options in Shaw! You can always look up and plot your route at www.metrostlouis.org or www.google.com/maps (including the Google Maps app). 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, with the nearest MetroLink station being 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. At these stations andselect other locations including online, you may purchase passes for all durations including weekly or monthly. 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.