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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 month we’ll be heading to Mulan on Thursday, July 26, from 6 to 8 pm. We’ll have a special section of the restaurant JUST for members plus the CYCA will provide the first $100 worth of appetizers. We hope to see you there!
Not yet a member? No worries – you can sign up online at cooperyoung.org or visit us at the event. We’ll have a membership table set up to take your information and let you in for a great night of fun with your neighbors!
Artist and small business owner Tommy Foster, a pivotal player in the renaissance of Cooper-Young, died on June 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 64. Raised in Whitehaven, Foster was a self-taught folk artist who throughout his life was drawn to themes of pop...read more
Would you like to help make Cooper Young beautiful? Join the Cooper-Young Community Association’s Beautification Committee at one of our periodic alley cleanups. Midtown alleyways can be challengingly lush under the best of conditions, but in the summer, when...read more
National Night out is coming up on August 7, and the Cooper-Young Community Association is looking for CY residents to participate. A program of the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual community-building initiative that...read more
The annual Cooper-Young Community Association 4th of July Family Parade takes place Wednesday July 4 from 10 a.m.-noon at Peabody Elementary School. Dress up your bike, wagon, or yourselves as patriotically as possible for the chance to compete in the best dressed...read more
Amazingly, we are almost halfway through 2018! That (and the Memphis heat) means that it is time for the annual 4th of July Family Parade, which is one of our best family-friendly events. This year, the parade and festivities will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on...read more
By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell Summer is upon us. Children are out of school and taking a much needed break from the daily education grind. Parents are happy not to have to spend their afternoons and evenings reviewing multiplication facts or assembling the latest science...read more