Katy Neighbors Turn Pandemic into New Street Traditions


November 2, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

While the COVID-19 pandemic has seen many hardships, it has brought communities and neighborhoods together. A neighborhood in Cinco Ranch has created community through hardship.

Photo courtesy: Dwayne Shaw

“A week after the pandemic started, I passed out flyers to everyone on the cul-de-sac and told them to come out the end of their driveway and make a toast,” says Dwayne Shaw of Katy.

The Shaw family had lived in Katy for 6 years and were eager to find a positive to this pandemic. For over 30 weeks they held community events to bring their neighborhood together.

“Gradually we got closer and got to know each other,” says Shaw. “It’s a very international cul-de-sac. My families from England, Sierra Leone, Alaska, Venezuela, Canada, Bangladesh and more.”

Photo courtesy: Dwayne Shaw

Dwayne Shaw is married to Leslie Shaw and they have a 25-year-old daughter at A&M finishing up her nursing degree.

This Cinco Ranch community has children from toddlers to teenagers who have all benefitted from the community outreach.