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From the President

It would be hard to say that SOHA is not a happening place towards the end of the summer and beginning of Fall! I hope that all of you are able to take advantage of the many events that have happened and are continuing to happen by the end of the month. These events are what make SOHA living in southwest St. Louis one of the most desirable spots in the city. We hope to see many of you at Art in the Park and Macklind Days!

Adam Wright
Southampton Neighborhood Association President
Macklind Days

Saturday, September 30th
12-8 P.M. 
Macklind Avenue 

Join us the last Saturday in September when we close down Macklind from Devonshire to Nottingham for a street festival! We will have live music and food vendors serving drinks and tasty eats for purchase! This year we also have a new kid zone which will be open until 6pm! 

Event & Bands Sponsored by Precision Wealth Strategies
with additional sponsorship by Big River Running!

Food vendors :
Onesto Pizza & Trattoria
Edibles & Essentials
Aya Sofia Restaurant
JJ Twig's South Hampton
Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery
The Mack Bar and Grill
Russell's on Macklind
Copper Pig

Sales & Informational Vendors:
Love Unleashed South City Daycare, Boarding, and Boutique
Lou Realty Group
Pawsitively Fintastic
Even Chance Pit Bull Advocacy + Resources + Rescue
Practicing Yoga
Keller Apothecary (kid zone sponsor)
Karate Life Studios
CrossFit South City
Progressive Yard Sale

Saturday, September 30th
8 A.M-2 P.M. 
Southampton Homes

The Southampton Neighborhood Association is organizing and sponsoring another Progressive Yard/Garage Sale this fall on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please come check out what amazing finds your neighbors have to offer!

If you are interested in having a yard or garage sale at your residence, you either complete the registration form here and mail it in along with your payment or fill out the online form below and then pay after you are automatically redirected to PayPal. The deadline is this Sunday.

The $15 registration fee is a deal as it includes advertising on Craigslist, in the Post-Dispatch and Journal both in print and online, delivery of a sale sign with balloons for your yard, and inclusion of your address on a printed map. All you have to do is display and mark your items!

For more information please contact Adam at


Block Contacts for Every Street

       Why did I, a renter, become the Block Contact for 49xx – 50xx Lansdowne Ave?

       Because I care about the safety and wellbeing of my neighborhood. It’s a quiet block and we want to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if you own a house or rent, we should all want a safer place to live. Another part of what a Block Contact does is supply neighbors with information regarding contacts they may need to make their own circumstances better.

      When I first took over the position I typed a letter of introduction, made postcards requesting as much information as anyone on the block wanted to give me and business cards.  I distributed these to every house(apt) on the block. Slowly I began to get replies with my neighbors information which I would only use if necessary.

      I decided that we needed a meet and greet and what better time to do that than on National Night Out! With a little help, I got it rolling. Everyone on the block got an invitation. We got a permit to close the street and set everything up for our block party. We supplied food and drinks and everything else that was needed. We even had a neighbor bring a speaker outside so that we could have music. About 30 of us got to know each other. Pinwheels, coloring books, crayons and balloons went home with the children. A very enjoyable evening.

     One thing that I wanted to accomplish is to make it easier and safer for us to turn onto Kingshighway from our street. The view was blocked in each direction by parked cars. This may have been on the table before I brought it up but with the help of Donna Agah, Adam Wright and Alderwoman Carol Howard a change has been made. I was able to let everyone at the block party know that help was on its way. It’s been about a week now that NO PARKING signs were put up on Kingshighway at Lansdowne SW & NW corners making it so much safer for us to access Kingshighway.

     Next in the works is to have the City repair our sidewalks that are being dislodged by the roots of the City’s trees on our street. This will be covered 100% by the City since it is their trees causing the problem.

     Please consider becoming a block contact person to make your block safer, provide your neighbors with information they may need regarding issues with the city and referrals to many agencies and to form a close community with neighbors who can then look out for each other. If you would like a copy of my introduction letter and postcard questions please email me at

Sandy Minor

What's In Bloom
   Now is a time of transition in the Southampton Naturescape gardens.  Many of the early summer blooms that provided food for pollinators and other insects have now gone to seed.  Consistent with the Naturescape design, these seed heads are kept on the plants so that they may provide food for wildlife.
For example, Goldfinches are drawn to Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) seeds (see image).  If you patiently sit in the bench, don't be surprised to see Goldfinches pecking at some of their favorite food.

   Although not all of the seed pods are only of interest to wildlife.  The seed pods of the Blue False Indigo (Baptisia australis) for example, were once used by children as rattles.  Lightly shake the pods to hear their rattle (see image).
Both seed pods can be found in Eva Park at Marie's Wedge.
However, not all plants have completely gone to seed.  The Missouri Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia missouriensis), also referred to as Missouri Coneflower, are still in bloom in the Savanna garden in Eva Park at Marie's Wedge.  With proper conditions, these wildflowers will bloom into October.  Indeed this easy to grow native tolerates dry conditions such as we have had this summer.

   Even if you don't see a goldfinch, there is still much to explore and experience in the natural aesthetic of the Naturescape design.
Areas maintained by the Southampton Neighborhood Association:
  • Buder Wedge – Macklind Avenue and Wherry Avenue across from Buder Elementary School by the Duck Mural.
  • Hampton Wedge – Hampton Avenue, Murdoch Avenue, and Sulphur Avenue by Carrollton Bank.
  • Loran Wedge – Eichelberger Street and Wherry Avenue by The Record Exchange.
  • Marie's Wedge – Wherry Avenue, January Avenue, and Itaska Street with the bench.  Also known as Eva Park at Marie's Wedge since Eva's parents donated many of the rocks used to edge the paths.
  Michael grew up in Princeton Heights and has lived in Southampton since 1992.  He works as a Regional Planner at East-West Gateway Council of Governments and has been involved in several sustainability projects with the city of St. Louis.  On one such project, he helped to evaluate proposals to construct 30 acres of native prairie habitat in the Butterfly Byway.  The Butterfly Byway is a corridor running from the northern tip to the southern tip of the city along the Mississippi River.

 Additionally, since 2005 he has been a Master Naturalist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  As a Missouri Master Naturalist, he has been involved in glade restoration projects in Washington State Park, demonstration rain garden construction at the Lewis and Clark Boat House Museum in St. Charles, and the design and construction of a native prairie garden at Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing in north St. Louis.

   Michael is the Landscape Chair for the Southampton Neighborhood Association and works to grow native landscapes (or naturescapes) in several of the public spaces in the neighborhood.  His goal with this column is to communicate what species are in bloom and to talk a little bit about that plant.  Additionally, he plans to periodically write about what and why naturescaping is different from traditional landscaping.

Check out what is replacing Grapeseed and read up on it in St. Louis Magazine,
SOHA Residents attend Ward 16 Business Meeting on Wednesday, August 30.
From Left to Right: Francie Futterman, Tina Siebert (VP), Adam Wright (President), Jake Kohut
Busy this weekend? Art in the Park is Sunday! 
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Southampton Neighborhood Association, INC
PO BOX 5183
St. Louis, MO 63139

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