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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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This is an election year for CYCA president and treasurer. Those roles are currently held by Mark Morrison and Caroline Norris Smart, respectively. They have agreed to run again and are the only candidates for the position, as no other nominations were submitted....read more
If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the Cooper-Young Community Association but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. Here’s a rundown on our committees and what they have going on this year. Want to join a committee or volunteer for an...read more
City Council members approved application PD 17-23, City Cottages-Cooper Young, at its Feb. 20 meeting. The project is for ten 1,000-square-foot rental houses at the currently vacant northeast corner of Elzey and Tanglewood. The approval included conditions that the...read more
After more than a year and a half of meetings, revisions and public hearings, the Cooper-Young Historic Overlay application’s fate will be decided March 6, when the Memphis City Council votes to approve or deny it at their 3:30 p.m. meeting in Council Chambers, 125 N....read more
The Festival Friday 4-Miler Committee is holding a contest this year for the artwork that will appear on its signs, t-shirts, website, and prizes. With the number of talented artists we have here in Cooper-Young, we know we’ll wind up with some great designs! To...read more
Do you have what it takes to lead the Cooper-Young Community Association? This is an election year for CYCA board president and treasurer. Those roles are currently held by Mark Morrison and Caroline Norris Smart, respectively, both of whom will run again this year....read more