Letter From the President: Beerfest volunteers deserve cheers

The 25th Festival Friday Four Miler and the 29th Cooper-Young Festival are now in the books, and it looks like it was another tremendously successful year. Next up is the 7th annual Cooper-Young Beerfest. This festival is particularly close to my heart because I have been involved in the planning and production since our first year in 2010. Like the other events that take place in our neighborhood, this event wouldn’t happen at all if...

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Letter from the president: Growing pains
Sep01

Letter from the president: Growing pains

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...

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July Letter From the President: Great Days Ahead

School is out. The temperatures and humidity are high. And we are rapidly approaching the middle of 2016. All of that means that the annual Cooper-Young Fourth of July Parade must be around the corner. If you have kids — or even if you don’t — and haven’t participated in this annual event, you should make plans to come out and join in the parade on Monday, July 4th. Cooper-Young’s annual Independence Day celebration kicks off a spate...

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Letter from the president: How to grow an idea
Jun02

Letter from the president: How to grow an idea

There are many ideas regarding how to make Cooper-Young a better community. We read them on NextDoor. We hear them at our general meetings. And we’ve been hearing many good ideas as we continue to develop our five-year plan. We need your ideas and greatly appreciate them. However, ideas are only ideas until they are acted upon. If we want to see real change in our neighborhood, we need people who are willing to do something to bring...

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Letter from the president: Wait, who’s this guy?
May06

Letter from the president: Wait, who’s this guy?

My name is Mark Morrison, and I am excited to have been elected as the next president of the Cooper-Young Community Association. Thanks to each of you who took time to vote in the CYCA elections. I appreciate you putting your trust in me and Caroline Smart, who was elected as the new treasurer. Also, I want to express my sincere gratitude to June Hurt for admirably serving as president for the past five years. June has left some...

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Letter from the president: Hanging up the cape
Apr04

Letter from the president: Hanging up the cape

So, I’ve got some news … and I’m giddy with anticipation. After five years of serving, I am relieved to say that I will finally be stepping down as your Cooper-Young Community Association President next month at the April elections. I feel confident that my successor will do a great job and lead the CYCA on to bigger and better things. But don’t think you are getting rid of me completely. I will stay on the board and still chair the...

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