We’ve all experienced hearing news here in this city we love so much that makes us question our safety, but what do we do about it? A few weeks ago, this is the question community members in the Sea Isle Park Neighborhood faced, and they decided they weren’t going to let crime overrun their beloved bowing alley. On Friday, February 10th, just days after a triple shooting, neighbors all pitched in to host “Take Back Our Alley” at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes. With hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, and of course bowling, over 300 neighbors and first responders filled the alley. Sandi Rogers, a vice-president of the neighborhood association and organizer of the event, said “We just want to show [Billy Hardwick’s], ‘Hey we got their back. We’re here, and we’re going to take care of this place, and nobody needs to be scared to come here.’”
What a powerful message to send to a small business owner during their time of uncertainty and fear!
And it didn’t go unheard! With a full parking lot and no empty bowling lanes, the owner and management at Billy Hardwick’s were overjoyed by the outpour of love and support from the neighborhood. The owner’s daughter, Kelly Frasure, even said, “The outpouring of love that we have received has far outweighed the negative of that terrible incident.”
Imagine if we all followed Sea Isle Park Neighborhood’s lead. Imagine how many Memphis neighborhoods we could take back. Imagine how many local small businesses we could support.
Sometimes it’s hard to take the first steps toward reclaiming your streets, but whether it’s a neighborhood clean up or a party in the community, we all have our role in taking back Memphis.
Way to go, Sea Isle! Thank you for showing some #Love4Memphis!