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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 Judy Neal Fall and winter are the best times of year to take a look at your garden and think about what you like best, what you want more of, and what you never want to grow again. You may not have a complete blank slate, but you do have a lot of opportunity. The...read more
In the 1970s, local preservationists and authors Peggy Jemison and Virginia Dunaway embarked on a project for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) to document the histories of eight historic Memphis neighborhoods, including Cooper-Young. Published in 1980,...read more
First Congregational Church in Cooper-Young believes how we spend our money does make a difference. Shopping Fair Trade means buying crafts, clothing, and foods that are made in accordance with these principles: Form honest relationships—workers are partners. Create...read more
The table of fees that was sent by the Office of Planning and Development is a list of all of the fees that MIGHT apply in a given Historic District in Memphis. To determine if those fees apply to a specific Historic District, one must consult the guidelines for that...read more
Have you ever wondered how to turn those leaves all over your yard into mulch for your garden? Join us at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers’ Market on November 11th at 9 a.m. for a demonstration on leaf shredding using our very own community shredder. We’ve also got...read more
Each year, the Cooper-Young Community Association hosts the community-wide Suzzane Striker Memorial Food Drive benefiting the Food Justice Ministries at First Congo. This year we’re doing something a little different. Earlier in 2017, First Congo’s facilities were...read more