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From our annual Festival Friday 4 Miler and Cooper-Young Beerfest to our fantastic holiday events, we love hanging out in the neighborhood.
Cooper-Young Community Association
The Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) was created in March of 1977 and is a fully registered and recognized nonprofit 501(c)3. With an initial goal of mobilizing residents to stem the tide of decay that so many urban areas experienced, this organization has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer effort. The CYCA has assisted with a number of projects including an early neighborhood watch, the installation and maintenance of the nationally-recognized Cooper Street Trestle Bridge, and the redevelopment of the communities’ eponymous corner at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. It also began publishing its monthly community newspaper, The Lamplighter, in the early 1990s; this publication continues today and is hand-delivered to each residence within the neighborhood. This organization currently maintains community office space within a redeveloping commercial area in the southeast quadrant of the neighborhood. It is financially supported through events including its annual Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler and Beerfest as well as membership dues and donations. While it continues to be a predominantly volunteer organization, it does employ a full-time executive director as well as a small part-time staff for The Lamplighter.
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By Sharron Johnson We are upon another winter season. Yeah, I know. Wow! This year is already over, so to speak. The leaves are falling at a feverish rate as of this writing, and all I can think about is next spring. During the winter, there are so many barren trees,...read more
By Jeff Hulett A painting by well-known local artist Pam McDonnell will be featured on this year’s holiday fundraiser card from Playback Memphis. Titled “Reach,” this piece is a mandala painting. A mandala uses abstract design that usually takes the shape of a circle....read more
For more than a quarter of a century, a few dedicated people have put forth great efforts to produce the Cooper-Young LampLighter for our residents and visitors 11 months a year. I have to admit that it is my absolute favorite thing about our neighborhood and...read more
Mr. Dick Vandermark, longtime organizer, founder and resident of Cooper-Young community, passed away on Oct. 21st. Mrs. Barbara Vandermark wishes to express her gratitude to the Cooper-Young Community Association in acknowledgement of Mr. Dick Vandermark’s passing....read more
After more than a year of public meetings and a community vote to proceed with the application, the proposal to create a Cooper-Young Historic Overlay District (also known as a Landmarks district) cleared another hurdle in October when the Memphis Landmarks Commission...read more