Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association, St. Louis MO

April Newsletter

The April 2008 newsletter is now available for download!

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Planning the Metropolis

Dr. Sarah Coffin’s graduate students at St. Louis University’s Urban Planning and Real Estate Development school used the Southwest Garden neighborhood as a study project. Planning the Metropolis is the class title. The class assignment was to break down our neighborhood into several components: Physical Assets, Community Assets, Environmental Assets, Economic Development, and Transportation. Each of these components was analyzed, wherein positive and negative aspects were noted and recommendations were suggested based on opportunities discovered. The class made a power point presentation to our Streetscape Enhancement Committee and board members on Nov. 3. You can download the study (PDF, 1.6MB) here.

Our neighborhood association can utilize the research compiled in this study when applying for future grants and planning development.

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Available Scholarships

This came to us from the desk of Rep. Connie Johnson–a list of 50 scholarships now available….

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January 2008 Newsletter

The Southwest Garden January 2008 Newsletter is now available for download.

Also, remember the upcoming Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association meeting is Monday, January 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center, 5602 Arsenal.

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Police, Firefighters, and EMT Appreciation Day

Today, the Southwest Garden Neighborhood hosted an Appreciation Day for our Police, Firefighters and EMT. We had a spectacular turnout, providing a lunch and dinner buffet to our Heroes. Thank you to all of the Heroes that attended.

Thank you to George & Sandy for coordinating today’s event and preparing the food. Thank you for our super volunteers, because many hands make light work. And thank you to the businesses that sponsored the event: The Bug Store, Butlers Pantry, CJ Zone Manufacturing, Don Brown Chevrolet, Harry’s Bar & Grill, Howard Michel Funeral Home, The Journey Church, L. Grasse & Associates, O’Connell’s Pub, Royal Papers, Save-A-Lot, Southwest Market, The Trophy Room, We-Rent-It, St. Louis Peco Flake Co., Michelle Kratky State Rep. 65th District, Jack Stelzer 8th Ward Committeeman, 8th Ward Independent Democratic Association, Miller Horticultural Consultant, Allstate Insurance-Tom Stewart, Bertarelli Cutlery, Chris’ Pancake & Dining, Columbia Auto Repair, DiGregorios Market, Favazza’s, Hampton Car Wash, Hanneke Hardware, Neighborhood Car Wash, and Flora Bertani.

You can see pictures from the event here.

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Halloween activities for kids

Hello Neighbors,

Here are two fun, safe activities for kids on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31:

Fall Festival, 6 to 8 pm, with FREE carnival type games and candy for children 12 and under at Southwest Church, 4543 Magnolia Ave., located across from Tower Grove Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Becky Stear at Southwest Church for more info: 771-6251.

The Children’s Garden will be open to trick or treaters age 10 and under, 5 to 7 pm. Admission is FREE AFTER 5 P.M. Trick or treaters must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight and a trick or treat bag to the Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., and wander through the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure, to collect your goodies. The Children’s Garden is the only area of the Garden that will be open after 5 pm on Halloween. This offer is limited to residents of the Shaw, Tower Grove, Southwest Garden, Botanical Heights, and Tiffany Neighborhoods only. Visit for more info.

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Mortgage presentation

Virgil Moore will be holding an educational presentation Monday October 29 at 7:00 pm, at 5602 Arsenal, on the Home Ownership Accelerator he introduced at the last SWGNA meeting. This program is designed to help home owners pay off their mortgage in less than half the time and save tens of thousands of dollars with no increase to their monthly payments. The presentation will include a detailed description of this program and a demonstration of how it works using an interactive simulator.

You may RSVP to Virgil at (314) 667-4088 or by email at

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October newsletter

It won’t land in your mailbox for a couple more weeks, but you can now read the SWGNA October newsletter online!

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SWGNA Fall Realty Showcase

Join us for this FREE event featuring luxury new homes and homes of historic charm!

1pm to 4pm on Sunday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 14th.

FREE TOUR starts at 5632 N. Magnolia in newly developed Magnolia Square on The Hill.
Directions to FREE TOUR: Southwest Ave to North on January.
Right on South Magnolia. Left on Pearl. Left on North Magnolia to 5632.

Download the official flyer here.

If you have a property in the neighborhood that you would like to show, please download this form.

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hey, nice picture!

This is from Flickr user Skewgee, one of the authors of the local Highway 61 blog. If you are a Flickr user, feel free to tag your neighborhood photos with “southwestgarden” for all to enjoy! Or you might like to look at area photos plotted on a map!

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