My First Visit to Cooper-Young

The Social Media class (#J4801) at the University of Memphis along with the hyperlocal reporting team MicroMemphis went on a field trip to the Cooper-Young community on St. Patty’s Day (March 17, 2011) to live tweet around the area as folks are celebrating this holiday. This was a new experience for me since before today; I have never been to the Cooper-Young District. I have lived in Memphis for many years and have never once set foot on Cooper-Young until this morning. Including in this post is a slideshow of pictures I took during today’s scavenger hunt. I am not “lucky” enough to have a smartphone but I do have an excellent camera.

While technologically limited, I was teamed up with Nielsen and Louis for this assignment. Nielsen did some reporting and Louis (@Lou4President) did the tweeting by using his iPhone. I (@chrisfreitas23) took some additional photos and have actually contributed a few tweets for this excursion. Here are just some of the things we were able to dig up from the St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Cooper-Young. These findings are taken from the tweets for the assignment.

1. Louis, myself, and Nielsen at Celtic Crossing.

2. Green beer can be found here at Celtic Crossing. http://yfrog.com/gyl0pnj

3. These olive green pieces of art can be seen up and down Young and Cooper Ave. http://yfrog.com/h2pnhndj

4. Adam Griffin likes Cooper-Young because of Celtic Crossing & sassy bartenders. http://t.co/zr74Ii1

5. The bartender, Phillip, mentioned that Young Ave. Deli used to be a grocery store. He also said that Cooper-Young has more than 30,000 people that attend its annual Block Party. http://yfrog.com/h7xteimj

6. Virginia Murphy, business owner says that the muscles & IMP beer are her favorite food and drink at Tsunami. she loves the place, people, and staff. http://t.co/XgaJofO

7. A cat known as Phoebe at House of Mews with one of her caretaker’s. http://t.co/GfBaVXM http://t.co/IP7PgyA

8. Katy of Cafe Ole says she prefers Facebook over twitter because she doesn’t want some random guy stalking her.

9. As a sign of public art, Nate Dogg the Leprechaun was with his pals Jody & Mike at Young Ave Deli. http://t.co/RBhCmiS

10. The most interesting porch was found at Celtic Crossing with Celtic music & dancing. http://yfrog.com/h3a6fnej & http://yfrog.com/h3fpnubj

11. A Cooper-Young resident at Young Ave. Deli said an interesting fact about the area was a railroad track has ran through it.

12. The most unusual thing on Cooper-Young was a TR6 Triumph antique auto parked. http://t.co/ibIP5On http://t.co/leLXzVb

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