Letter to the Editor: CY Must Find Strength In Diligence

Dear Editor:

One of my favorite hobbies is researching family history. Through this hobby I have learned that the various branches of my family started trickling into Memphis/Shelby County in the 1840’s and 50’s. They survived Union occupation, both yellow fever epidemics (although not entirely), the influenza epidemic of 1919 (ditto), the Crump era, the great flood of 1927 (and 2010), Georgia Tann, the civil unrest of the 60’s, and disco.

I say all this only as a reminder that a great many people have endured a great many ups and downs so that we may call Cooper-Young home. An uptick in undesirable activity is simply another fact of life that we have to collectively rise up and protect ourselves against. We cannot afford to take our relative peace and stability for granted, and I’m certain (speaking for myself and Nancy, at least) that none of us have any intention of moving anytime soon. One of the greatest aspects of Cooper-Young is that we are perfectly situated between the relative opulence of Central Gardens and equally relative blight to our immediate south and west. Obviously, we all welcome visitors from either neighborhood to enjoy everything our incredible neighborhood has to offer, within reason.

There has been a great deal of discussion of late on how best to keep the peace in CY. I have no desire to either share or debate (in this forum) the steps Nancy and I are taking in this regard, only to say that we all have to stick together. Just as we are famous for our diversity, so too must we be famous for our diligence. Criminals are drawn to weakness and repelled by strength — the greatest of the latter being unity.

 Aaron James

Felix Ave.

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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