While Memphis is not a “boom town” like Austin or Nashville, Midtown and Cooper-Young are experiencing slow but steady increases in popularity and development.
In the 11 years that I have lived in Cooper-Young, the business district in our community has developed immensely: Overton Square has been redeveloped, a brewery has opened in the neighborhood, the Cooper corridor continues to grow, murals have popped up, and bike lanes have appeared on our streets.
While this popularity and development certainly comes with many benefits for CY residents, it can also be the source of growing pains. Increasing numbers of in-fill projects are being proposed, parking garages have been considered, numerous plans for the fairgrounds have come and gone, and a brewery has been proposed for the Coliseum.
As a result, it is more important than ever for all of us to pay attention to the various proposals and let our opinions of these proposals and developments be heard. Fortunately, we have more outlets than ever to find out about these plans, discuss them with our neighbors, and provide feedback. We are all benefiting from the popularity of Midtown and Cooper-Young, but we also need to acknowledge our responsibility for maintaining the essence that everyone loves about our community. Join your neighbors today to keep our beloved community moving in the right direction. — Mark Morrison