What do you think about Cooper-Young? Tell us

As 2012 draws to a close, we here at the Cooper-Young Community Association arereflecting upon the past year and looking forward to what is to come in 2013. In January,we will hold our annual board retreat where we discuss community issues that we feel need to be addressed, set priorities for the coming year and begin to plan our events.

We do not want to plan in a vacuum, though. As your neighborhood association, we strive torepresent your needs, interest and concerns as best we can but unfortunately we are not mind-readers (though that would be pretty handy sometimes!). Therefore, we rely on the good ol’ surveys, emails and phone calls to find out how best to serve you.

Back mid-year, we kicked off a survey asking just that — what YOU think about the neighborhood. How safe do you think it is? How clean? How does the do at serving the community? What do you like and dislike most about Cooper-Young? Although these questions may seem mundane, they really help us shape our focus and direct our energies into things that will better help the community as a whole.

Sadly, when we did the survey midyear, only around 50 people responded. Now, I will take some of that flack. I am not sure if we did a very efficient job at getting the word out in the LampLighter and although we promoted it via Facebook and email, in this modern fast-paced world I know

I am even guilty of putting an email on the back burner intending to do it, but forget if not reminded.

The input of the people that responded mid-year has been reviewed and is very, very much appreciated, but in order for us to confidently move forward and feel like we are truly reflecting the views of the community as a whole, we need more input.

On Dec. 5, please visit our website at www.cooperyoung.org to find the link to the survey. If you do not have Internet access, then that is no problem. We are more than happy to drop by a paper copy. Also, even though we would love for you to complete the full survey so we can have a well-rounded idea of your views and priorities, it is not required.

If there is something you feel passionately about, just drop us a line at info@cooperyoung.org or call us at 272-2922 and I am more than happy to discuss it and make notes for our board retreat. We really need everyone to be involved so that this neighborhood stays as vibrant, safe and clean as possible.

By Kristan Huntley/Cooper-Young Community Association

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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