Mini-Flood 76: The Grove

photo by Maureen Minich

On this street walk, we explored a lively section of Manchester known as The Grove, in the center of the Forest Park Southeast (FPSE) neighborhood, which we successfully flooded on a beautiful Spring morning in 2015. We wanted to come back and focus on The Grove and do so in the early evening, since The Grove is perhaps best known for its night life.

photo by Susan Price


photo by Ann Aurbach

It’s becoming a familiar pattern in our street walks: A section of a street that is the vibrant center of the surrounding neighborhoods becomes virtually derelict in the wake of the post-war decline and depopulation of the city of St. Louis. But at some point (in this case, the late 80’s) it begins to rebound, in many cases (especially in this case) with a new identity.

photo by Bailey Elizabeth Rogers

There are various reasons for rebounds. The dramatic rebound of The Loop was driven by the determined and visionary Joe Edwards, but that is atypical. In the case of the Grove, the rebound is largely attributable to acronyms: WUMCRC, CID and LGBTQ.

photo by Dave Adams

According to their web site, “Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC), is a partnership between BJC Health Care and Washington University School of Medicine and works to improve the quality of life for the neighborhoods surrounding the medical campus. In order to achieve this goal in Forest Park Southeast and the Central West End , WUMCRC has invested millions of dollars toward regenerating the market for private investment in businesses and real estate, enhancing human and social service opportunities, and improving the level of physical and personal security.”

photo by Jan Markham

In addition to the benevolence of WUMCRC, The Grove has a strong Community Improvement district (CID), largely funded by a 1% sales tax surcharge. The majority of disbursements are for improved security. It also helps to organize special events such as the Grove Fest.

photo by Florence Flick

The Grove has also benefited greatly from being a center of St. Louis’ LGBTQ community.

photo by Jennifer Mishra

To learn more about The Grove and FPSE, please see

photo by Ingrid Borecki

photo by Joe Harrison

photo by Jackie Johnson

photo by Jorge Restrepo

photo by Joe Rakers

photo by Lisa McAvoy

photo by Michelle Bates

photo by Mike Matney

photo by Ryan Archer

photo by Sue Rakers

photo by Vivian Nieuwsma

photo by Valerie Rippey

Before the walk, many of us met and enjoyed dinner at Sauce on the Side, 4261 Manchester Ave.  After the walk, some of us reconvened for drinks on the outdoor patio at Taha’a Twisted Tiki, 4199 Manchester Ave.


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