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Pastor Dr. Irving told of his schooling in Walnut Park East. He attended Walbridge Grade School on Davison Ave., and graduated from Northwest High School on Riverview Blvd. in 1982. Dr. Irving talked about the current state of the neighborhood, the residents who currently reside in the neighborhood, and the plans that the church has adopted to add to the revitalization of Walnut Park East.
Pastor Dr. Irving, his parents, six sisters, and three brothers moved to Walnut Park in 1968. Pastor Irving leads the congregation at the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Gilmore Ave.
Interview conducted July 2017.
Mr. Goss talks about the Ritz Hotel that once stood at the intersection of Washington and Sarah. It was demolished several years ago but it was important to the community in its time for providing a place for people to stay and allowing occupants to pay on credit. Mr. Goss lives in the house on Delmar Blvd. that his parents purchased in 1943. October 2018.
Tower Grove Park is beautful place to meet up with other people and enjoy the scenery. Veneeda grew up in the Shaw neighborhood and recently moved back to raise her three kids with her husband, Monty.
In this video, Spencer describes the home of Henry and Marguerite Scott on the 6000 block of Cabanne Place. The block is significant in that many African-American professionals lived and still live on the street.
Spencer Howard is a long-time resident of the Vandeventer neighborhood. Though Spencer has lived in the community since 1995, his family has lived in the community at least 60 years.
Interview conducted 2019.
The Station hosts “unique culinary events” where people from the neighborhood can learn about food and gather with friends. Robert is studying to be a sociologist and lives in the Shaw neighborhood.
The Station used to be a gas station, but now it is a takeout place and event space. While Shaw has preserved many historic homes, Emily thinks this is a great example of a repurposed historic commercial building. She would like to see more of these projects throughout the neighborhood. Emily moved to the Shaw neighborhood in 2000. She enjoys several things about the area, such as the proximity to Tower Grove Park, the unique houses, the South Grand district; mostly, however, she likes her neighbors and the sense of community.
This house onced house transients, including prostitutes who would use the rooms to conduct business. It has recently been rehabilitated. Melissa Green lives in the Ville neighborhood and maintains strong ties to the neighborhood where she grew up around Delmar and Pendelton. October 2018.
In this video, Pamela decribes the political work of the Withersppon family, long-time residents of Lewis Place.
Pamela McLucas is a long-time resident of the Lewis Place neighborhood.
Interview conducted August 2018.
The empty lot at the corner of Thekla and Gilmore is a nice spot that would make a good location for a playground.
A transplant from Texas, Mr. Charlie currently resides in the Walnut Park neighborhood.
Interview conducted September 2017.
Jametta feels that this area is inconvenient and unattractive, and would like to see it eliminated. Jametta has lived in Botanical Heights since 2012 and believes the neighborhood is thriving
The Thurman Gateway Prairie is a prairie restoration project that seeks to restore the ancient prairie that used to exist before the construction of the neighborhood. The project has brought together hundreds of volunteers from the Shaw neighborhood and the greater St. Louis area. Monte has lived in Shaw since 2000 because of the affordable housing, but has stayed because of the sense of community and the opportunities to be involve in multiple organizations and groups.
When Robin moved to this neighborhood, she frequently visited the Thurman Grill. With the welcoming environment, she quickly made new friends. Robin has lived in St. Louis since 1999, but has only been in Shaw for part of 2015. She chose to come here because she has friends in the neighborhood and because of its convenient location. She specifically picked Shaw because of its sense of community.
Darrell likes to go to the Thurman Grill with his daughter whenever she visits from California. From there, they walk around the neighborhood. Darrell has lived in Shaw for his entire life.
Alexander believes the underpass here should be opened for traffic. People still attempt to drive through here illegally, and it would be safer to remove the barricades.
Arun likes that road here is blocked off, to encourage pedestrian and bike traffic. Using the underpass can be scary, however, because it is not well-lit at night. He would like to see this area turned into a pedestrian park in the future. Arun has lived in the Botanical Heights neighborhood for only a few months of 2015.
The viaduct allows pedestrians to safely cross between the Shaw and Lafayette areas. Mary would like to see better lighting in the underpass. Mary has lived here since 2005, and enjoys the quiet neighborhood.
William explains that the police blocked this path off because too many people were speeding through it. William, a resident of Botanical Heights, has lived in south St. Louis for most of his life.
In this video, Mrs. McCrea describes a property on Cook Ave. that has been abandoned for at least 10 years. She believes the property needs to be demolished or renovated.
Cynthia McCrea is a resident of the Vandeventer neighborhood, and is president of the Cook Ave, Block Group.
Interview conducted October 2018.
Douglas H recalls a tornado that swept through the neighborhood in the 1960s when he was a student at Arlington School. Douglas H has lived in Wells Goodfellow since the early 1960s, when he moved from Mississippi with his family. Recorded on July 23, 2016
Tim sees Tower Grove Creamery as a great place to go when it’s hot outside and as an example of local identity. The ice cream is locally made, and the business has been a significant contributor to the area. Tim has lived in Tower Grove South for about 7 years. He loves the style, walkability, and friendliness of the neighborhood.
Even before she moved into the neighborhood, Robin enjoyed going to the Tower Grove fountain with her daughter in the summer. Her daughter is nearly an adult now, but they still like to visit the fountain on hot summer days. Robin has lived in St. Louis since 1999, but has only been in Shaw for part of 2015. She chose to come here because she has friends in the neighborhood and because of its convenient location. She specifically picked Shaw because of its sense of community.
Sean and his family enjoyed going to the Tower Grove fountain. Not only was it a great place to cool off after a walk in the park, but it also provided a social atmosphere for interacting with neighbors. Sean moved to the Shaw neighborhood in 1991, and loves the community and the environment around it.
Cbabi's recalls how his children loved running through the fountain in Tower Grove Park on hot days as long as they didn't get their faces wet. Cbabi has lived with his family in Shaw for twelve years. He and his wife own SweetArt Bakeshop and Art Studio. They enjoy the social diversity and the proximity of Tower Grove Park, the Botanical Garden, and their childrens' school.
Tim feels that Tower Grove Heights represents a significant part of the heritage of the neighborhood. Tim has lived in Tower Grove South for about 7 years. He loves the style, walkability, and friendliness of the neighborhood.
Brenda moved to the Tower Grove South neighborhood in spring of 2016. She explains some of the reasons she chose TGS, including the walkability of the neighborhood, proximity to entertainment venues including Tower Grove Park, as well as the choice of dining and shopping nearby. She also felt predisposed to the neighborhood as her grandmother previously lived in the area.
Brian moved to the Tower Grove South neighborhood in spring of 2016. Brian felt drawn to the neighborhood for its walkability, proximity to dining and drinking establishments, history and diversity. Brian contrasts his new neighborhood to the dull west county suburb he grew up in.
Aberha likes to go to Tower Grove Park when it’s hot outside because it is conveniently located and very beautiful. Aberha moved to Botanical Heights in the 1980s due to the affordable housing and the proximity to both his workplace and his siblings.
Mary feels that Tower Grove Park is the center of the community. She has lived in the Shaw neighborhood since 1987 and enjoys the urban environment.
Cbabi recalls the wonderful times he has spent in the beautiful setting of Tower Grove Park with his family. Here he talks about the playground area. Cbabi has lived with his family in Shaw for twelve years. He and his wife own SweetArt Bakeshop and Art Studio. They enjoy the social diversity and the proximity of Tower Grove Park, the Botanical Garden, and their childrens' school.
Andrew thinks the entrance to Tower Grove Park is a beautiful and historic place that represents their local identity. The park predates the neighborhood and gave the community its name. Andrew has lived in Tower Grove South for just over 5 years, and enjoys the diversity and friendliness of the area.