The neighborhood is situated amongst better known neighborhoods like the Hill, Shaw and North Hampton.
But make no mistake, Southwest Garden has it's own identity, especially right around the botanical gardens.
This neighborhood is a clear winner for many other reasons. First, you are right next to the magnificent Tower Grove Park with it's wading pool, farmer's market, tennis courts, baseball/soccer/kick ball fields, ornate gazebos and gates, etc. This is a fantastic and vibrant park to explore and enjoy. There is always a lot of activity and organized events going on in Tower Grove Park.
Missouri Botanical Gardens, a National treasure. MoBot is informally know as Shaw's Garden after Henry Shaw, the botanist and philanthropist that founded the site in 1858. This place is so beautiful, no amount of photos will be able to describe; you simply have to take this place in at every season. Arguably one of the most photogenic, serene and peaceful places in the city...country...world. Almost any list you read, will include MoBot within the top 10 must-visit gardens in the United States.
Here are some sights along the perimeter of the gardens:
South City YMCA, complete with basketball courts, indoor/outdoor walking tracks, fitness center, indoor pool/waterslide, skateboard park, childcare, etc. This place is another regional treasure.
Midwest Soccer Academy and the beautiful St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center:
former Carriage Bowl), the Central Visual and Performing Arts high school, World's Fair Donut, one of the coolest, old school, soulful donut shops in town:
Gringo Jones, Bug Store and much, much more.
There are some very familiar sites along Kingshighway including Courtesy Diner, the best slinger in town (for my money). But I'm a novice, you had better check in with the city's slinger expert. Back when Missouri was a smoke em if you got em state, the cigarette smoke used to be the final topping on the slinger. The jukebox has some tasty selections as well.
Here are the full plans. It really looks great and it's good to see this kind of thoughtful consideration given to the pedestrian and the streetscape, but frankly, I would have chosen another street to use such funds. There simply aren't that many pedestrians in this neck of the woods, this isn't a commercial district like Grand, Hampton, Jefferson, etc...but maybe this is a "build it and they will come" type scenario. Either way, this section of Vandeventer will be pretty handsome and if the 1929 Wade School could find new use as dwellings or otherwise, it would be a great stretch. Here are some sights along Vandeventer:
Here are some handsome businesses and familiar sites along and near Arsenal in this part of SWG:
Other random things of beauty/interest I came across: