Letter from the president: Warm weather reconnecting neighbors

Warm weather is officially here, and it’s time for us to all crawl out of our winter burrows and reconnect with our neighbors again! And not just the cool neighbors who make those awesome appetizers and the tasty home brew, but also the weird ones that keep to themselves and never return your hedge clippers. Because that’s what we do here in CY. We take the good with the bad. Luckily, lately, there a lot of good things happening!

After six months of avoiding most forms of exercise, taking Cooper on long walks and checking up on our newest mural is always exciting. I particularly love that the artist, Carl Moore, got lots of input from the residents when designing his work. Each panel represents an important component of life in Cooper-Young, including art, music, food, our pets, etc. The other day I found myself wondering what was missing from that scene….hmmmm.

In my version of this mural, there is a panel showing severed mannequin heads on stakes from Halloween — maybe our executive director in a body bag, sitting up and scaring children. Another panel is that crazy neighbor on every block who surveys all that happens with binoculars. And don’t forget to include the panel with 14 cats on a porch, or just that single cat covertly placing a dead squirrel — I can’t decide if it is a present or an ominous threat — at my front door.

Either way, even Cooper-Young isn’t ready for my version yet … which is precisely why I do not need to be in charge of everything. Volunteer anyone?


–          June Hurt

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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