Since 1968, Mackey Mitchell has been part of the fabric of the St. Louis community. In anticipation of our upcoming 50th anniversary and to celebrate the diversity of our region, we asked employees to share what they love most about their neighborhoods and how they work to impact their communities.
Name: Matthew Roeder, AIA
Where do you live?: I live in the charming Southampton (SoHa) neighborhood of south St. Louis City. Named after a town in England, SoHa was originally part of a large farm owned by the Decker family. Before houses were built, this area was one of several that were considered to host the 1904 World’s Fair being held in St. Louis. Housing construction in this peaceful, tree-lined neighborhood started on 1905 with a majority of the arts and crafts houses being built in the 1920’s. With around 8,000 residents, SoHa is well known for being a safe, walkable neighborhood.
How long have you lived there?: My wife, Lynette and I have lived here for 10 years and plan to remain in the neighborhood as we raise our two young daughters.
What is your favorite place in your community?: My favorite place in SoHa is the Macklind Avenue Business District. Within walking distance of SoHa and several other neighborhoods, the business district is home to a wide array of restaurants, a deli, print shop and running store. My favorite restaurant by far is Russell’s on Macklind. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, no trip to Russell’s is complete without indulging in one of their delicious, homemade desserts.
What exciting things are happening in your community?: SoHa is home to many family-friendly events throughout the year. Each spring, there is a neighborhood yard sale and garden tour that draws people from all over the city. This tour gives residents and visitors the opportunity to see some of the creative gardens and yards that people create on such a small lots. In August, the National Night Out event shuts down a street in the middle of the neighborhood and allows residents to gather for food, fun, music and the chance to get to know one another. In the fall, the Macklind Days festival draws people from all over the region and gives local businesses a chance to showcase their talents.
Find out more about Matthew HERE