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 formed in 1958, and 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 strives to ensure that every voice is heard and every resident is represented. The Board of Directors meet every other month. The SNIA serves the residents of the Shaw neighborhood by providing information, facilitating discussion, and acting on solutions. Neighborhood meetings provide opportunities to personally interact with the Alderman, the Police, the Neighborhood Improvement Specialist, SNIA Officers, as well as to meet and greet other residents of the community. The program topics address current issues that are relevant to Shaw Neighborhood and St. Louis City. The neighborhood meetings are held every other month at 7:00 p.m. starting in February at Wild Carrot (3901 Shaw Blvd). See the calendar for more details. Click here for more info or to join!

Tower Grove CDC

The Tower Grove Community Development Corporation (Tower Grove CDC) is a consolidation of Grand Oak Hill Community Corporation, Southwest Garden Housing Corporation and Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation.  The three organizations served the community for over 30 years.  Now, as a combined entity, Tower Grove CDC 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 and beyond. Through local development and community progress expertise, Tower Grove CDC 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 sean@towergrovecdc.org to see how the Tower Grove CDC can help you get connected.  Tower Grove CDC works closely with  neighborhood associations, other community organizations, and elected Alderpersons.

Art Fair

The Historic Shaw Art Fair has happened annually on the first weekend of October since 1993 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!

Dog Park

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 Ave (4101 Cleveland). 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
  • 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 at our 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 Improvement Specialist & 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 Improvement Specialist.


The Shaw Neighborhood is in Ward 6. The Aldermen assist with navigating city services and a lot of other things as well. Our current 6th Ward Alderwoman is Danela Velasquez.

Elected Officials

The St. Louis Address Lookup Site provides a list specific to where you live.

Block Captains

Have a question about your neighborhood or block? Need help coordinating with SNIA or the Alderman? Your block captain can help! Most blocks have 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!

Street Cleaning

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. Please do not place plastic bags in the recycling dumpster, and don’t overfill dumpsters or lean trash against the dumpsters, as they will not be picked up.

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 the day before pick up)

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.

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.


The Kingshighway branch of the St. Louis Public Library :

2260 South Vandeventer Avenue
Kingshighway & Vandeventer

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 at 3309 S Grand.

Grocery Stores

Shaw has some 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 & Tuesdays from 4 pm to 7 pm
    May through November
    • Not only are there a multitude of local vendors, but KDHX provides live, local musicians and, weather permitting, there is a pop-jet 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
    5505 Arsenal
    6am to midnight daily
    (Just west of Kingshighway)

Mailing Services

United States Post Office
4120 Manchester Ave
9 am to 5 pm Mon-Fri

3112 S. Grand
7:30am to 9pm weekdays
8am to 6pm Saturdays
12 to 6pm Sundays

Hardware Store

Home Depot
3202 S Kingshighway
Mon-Sat 6 am-10 pm
Sunday 7 am-8 pm


We have 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). 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.