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Forest Park Southeast

Fifty affordable townhomes and garden apartments will replace several empty buildings in the southern part of the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.
Courtesy of Rise Community Development

Washington University’s medical campus in St. Louis will be getting a lot of new neighbors in the next couple of years, thanks to a new mixed-income development plan nearby.

The $27-million project will include 150 units of housing to buy and rent for both low- and middle-income residents in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. It aims to continue in the southern part of the area the revitalization seen in The Grove’s shopping and entertainment district to the north.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Henry Shaw was only 19 when he purchased parcels of land in a swath of St. Louis prairie in 1840. The French called the natural, unpopulated habitat on the western edge of the city Prairie des Noyers, after one of the original settlers of St. Louis.

It was a rural landscape on the fringes of the urban, and Shaw’s ideal spot for a garden and the city’s first suburban developments, marked by Shaw’s country retreat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 8, 2011 - Nearly 40 years ago, Mike Goeke moved into this neighborhood. Forest Park Southeast was then a different place than it is now.

White families had mostly packed up and moved away. There was crime and poverty. But there was also promise. Goeke and the Catholic lay community he was part of saw it then. And depending on how you look at the census numbers, quite a few others have since caught up.