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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.



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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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CYCA Block Captain Re-Launch Mixer
Jun 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Development Meeting – LUCB application S 19-15
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Public Meeting – Development at Young and New York @ Cooper-Young Community Association
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Recently our CYCA Development Committee met with the developers looking to build at the corner of New York and Young Ave. After a good discussion it was determined that they would like input from the community before they hold a public meeting at the CYCA office on Monday, June 24th.

The lot in question is currently zoned for commercial use and they have submitted an application with the Land Use Control Board for multiple units. They are looking for comments and inspiration images from the community about what you would like to see in this development. The developers on this project have expressed a desire to “bring more density in a respectful way.”

Is there a multi unit building in Memphis that you really love? Are there architectural elements that you think are important for this structure to possess?

Important —-> Please send comments and images to for consideration before the public meeting for this project on June 24th.

Dear Readers Book Club
Jun 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Florida by Lauren Groff

CY 4 Miler
Sep 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cooper-Young Beerfest
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Lamplighter News

Riding the Bus Isn’t so Scary After All

By Sheree Stubblefield Friday, May 10 I had the opportunity to take the bus in Memphis for the first time at the "Bus Bunch" event hosted by Commute Ops Memphis and the CYCA. Commute Ops is an advocate for alternative transportation options and we wanted to get in on...

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Principal For a Day

By Robert Hatfield On Thursday, May 2nd, I had the honor of participating in Shelby County Schools’ Principal for a Day representing the CYCA. Each Principal for a Day met their assigned school’s principal at Bellevue Baptist for a breakfast and introduction to the...

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CYCA Awards First Scholarship

By Sheree Stubblefield Cooper-Young Community Association is proud to announce the winner of its very first scholarship, Jackson Danley! Danley lives in the neighborhood and attends Central High School as a Junior. He boasts a 4.0 GPA and is an Eagle Scout. When asked...

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Your Spring Cleaning Guide From the Experts

By Sheree Stubblefield Spring cleaning season is upon us! To help Cooper-Young prepare, the Lamplighter interviewed Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins, owners of Aunt Keys Apothecary, a Midtown-based natural cleaning company. Aunt Keys officially began in 2013, although...

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Cooper-Young Recycle Bins to Find a New Home

By Sheree Stubblefield Approximately twenty years ago, the word “recycling” was added to the lexicon of the average American home. It was becoming “normal” rather than an extreme practice of the new-age,  “granola” community. Nowadays, some people are hyper-recylists...

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5 Reasons to Join Cooper-Young’s Hottest Book Club

By Mackenzie Campbell and Tiffany Calhoun Have you ever read a book so good that you can’t stop talking about it, but no one gets it because they haven’t read the book? What if there was a group out there to help with this very issue? Well, contain your excitement...

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4 Things to Know About the Memphis Aquifer

By Sarah Houston CAESER, University of Memphis Memphis sits atop a special underground water source – the world-famous Memphis aquifer.  Sometimes it’s called the Memphis Sand Aquifer, but “Memphis Sand” is the name of the geologic formation... “Memphis aquifer” is...

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Top 10 Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning Tips

By Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Breaking it down into smaller portions will take the anxiety and chaos out of each chore. 1. Start from the top! Dust needs time to settle before you can sweep or vacuum it up....

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Green Ways to Cut the Clutter

By Stephanie Gonzalez You’re sniffling, it’s raining nonstop, the dogs are constantly tracking mud in from the backyard. It can mean only one thing: Spring is here! The season of renewal is a great time to pare down some of the clutter that’s gathered in your home...

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10 Reasons to Create an Urban Garden

By Kim Halyak Spring is around the corner which makes us think of flowers and sunshine. It's the perfect time to plant your garden and watch the flowers grow but living in the city with a smaller garden does not mean you are left out! For all the city dwellers out...

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Festival booths go on sale June 15

Mark your calendar! Artist vendor booths go on sale for the 32nd Evolve Bank and Trust Cooper Young Festival on Saturday, June 15 at 12 a.m. Booths are sold on a firstcome, first served basis to artists in the Mid-South and across the country working in all mediums....

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CY cafe owner cherishes neighborhood’s community spirit

Rex and Sharron Johnson By Sheree Stubblefield  Cooper-Young Community Association wouldn’t be what it is without our neighbors. They volunteer. They own businesses. They contribute their ideas and their passion to the Cooper-Young community. Each month, we will...

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Scholarship student takes spot on board

Jackson Danley By Jackson Danley If you haven’t heard, my name is Jackson (but people call me Jack), and I recently received the first ever Cooper-Young Community Association Youth and Family Scholarship. Part of the scholarship agreement is that I sit on the board...

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June book selection takes readers to Florida

Lauren Groff and her new collection of short stories. Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, will have its monthly gathering Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. May’s book is Florida by New York Times bestselling novelist Lauren Groff. In this...

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CY celebrates July 4 with parade

The annual Cooper-Young Community Association 4th of July Family Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Peabody School. 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...

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