A fact which augurs well for the future of the Shaw area is the organization of neighborhood groups to foster improvements and maintain citizen intereSt. They are part of a Citywide pattern of such associations which have developed in recent years. An example of the activity of one of these groups, the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association, is the traffic plan that was adopted a few years ago. Devised to limit through traffic passage on residential streets, it has, after some discussion, achieved a desired effect through one way streets. Another effort to attract attention to the neighborhood is the annual Gardenfest and house tour. This acquaints the public with the area and its assets, attracting potential new residents and renewing interests for existing ones. Such interest is vital in the ongoing effort to preserve urban neighborhoods by a vigilant fight against deterioration and by continual betterment. On a broad urban scale, it can create an inspiration to retain our cities as viable places to live.
A recent co-operative Tower Grove neighborhood movement is the Five Church Association. It was formed in 1972 in an effort to pool the resources of several Protestant churches to provide for the community's social needs. These included day care for infants and young children, meals for the elderly and summer recreation programs. Through these neighborhood-wide activities, the Shaw area is well endowed with a fine community spirit.
The major portion of a 274 acre rehabilitation project is within the Shaw area. This is the Midtown Medical Center Plan, which is projected by the St. Louis University Medical Center through its planning affiliate. It envisions improvements in the residential, recreational, commercial and industrial facilities in the area, as well as expansion of the Medical Center. An effort is made to have neighborhood residents represented in the progress of the project.