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Karen Hoffman - Ward 4 People & Places You Should Know (Mar 19, 2022)

This was part of my March 19, 2022 newsletter

Ward 4 People & Places You Should Know

If you live on the east side of Ward 4 (anywhere in the vicinity of Eisenhower/King George Boulevard/Packard), you probably recognize Karen Hoffman. Karen spends a lot of her day out and about, walking the local neighborhoods. The only two conditions that keep her inside: freezing rain and temperatures under 10 degrees. Any other weather, she is outside walking!

I first met Karen when I was out and about in 2018. In the years since, I’ve learned a lot more about her history as a teacher in Ohio, her work for the University of Michigan, and the time she met a not-yet-famous Kevin Costner in Washington, D.C.!

When we talked this week, Karen told me that some people call her “The Captain” because she is such a presence in the neighborhood. When a dog was lost recently, the police visited Karen to ask for her help in finding it (she did, of course).

Karen has lived in Ward 4 for 16 years.

Next time you see Karen out walking, I highly recommend stopping to say hello. She is someone you should know!