The topic of our October meeting, held at our office on the 13th, was getting to know our neighbors outside of Cooper-Young. We hosted a group from Leadership Memphis and also had a number of attendees from throughout Memphis and from all different backgrounds, which was the perfect way to learn more about how we can work together within and between communities to make Memphis a better place.
The meeting kicked off with a socializer and then a brief presentation on the history of the Cooper-Young Community Association. We then had an interesting discussion about the challenges faced by other neighborhoods and in mobilizing our communities to action. One of the biggest questions revolved around how to support good development while discouraging bad development. Cooper-Young residents shared experiences from our own neighborhood and others mentioned how important it is for us to pay attention to new development even if it isn’t strictly within our own borders. The proposed Family Dollar at Lamar and Mclean was used as an excellent example of how we need to support our nearby neighbors when they want to oppose development. Another big point of discussion was how to get a big portion of the community engaged, particularly younger people and/or renters. Many ideas were shared and the meeting proved to be a great way to network with our nearby neighbors. We look forward to getting more involved in the larger Memphis community. — K.S.