Ella Mae Hasty – in memoriam

Cooper-Young recently lost a resident; I lost a neighbor and friend. Since the 1930s, Ella Mae Hasty has lived at the same address with her husband. She was independent and somewhat difficult to know. My mother remembered one day the door bell rang. Mrs. Hasty was standing on the porch with a cup and stated, “I need to borrow a cup of sugar.” Remember those days? After that she became a good friend and close neighbor. As the years...

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A call to action for those who have experienced Lick Creek flooding

Most remember our company, Barnett USA, as the ice machine company in the Cooper-Young district. Started in 1957 by my dad, Cliff, we were based at 2089 York Avenue, with additional locations in Nashville, TN; Jackson, MS; and Louisville, KY. We employed over 30 people. Unfortunately, because of the continual sewage and flooding we have experienced on our property and the City’s refusal to address or correct the problems, we can no...

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Response to the preface of the CY history book

By Randy Norwood After reading the preface from Cooper-Young: A Community that Works [reprinted in the September LampLighter], I am definitely looking forward to reading this interesting book. Since Cooper-Young is an older neighborhood that remained relatively stable all through the years when Memphis pushed the city limits east, it should be enlightening to read how the neighborhood did not succumb to white flight, slumlords,...

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Appreciating what we have in CY

By Dee Sanders As Bob and I prepare to leave Cooper-Young, I am finally writing the letter I intended to write shortly after we arrived here two years ago and realized what an amazing place we had landed in. When a job transfer required us to move to Memphis and leave South Carolina for the first time ever, you can imagine how anxious we were. We had never stepped foot in Memphis! After hours of online research, we arrived in town on...

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Reactions from Johannesburg, 
South Africa

I was distressed to see online in your June LampLighter issue that one of John Gaisford’s beautiful buildings [the Union Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church on the corner of Union and Cooper] may be demolished to make way for a chain drugstore. John Gaisford was the brother of my grandmother, and he was a well-respected architect. He was born the son of a carpenter and builder in Warminster, Wiltshire, England on October 6, 1875. In...

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Letter to the Editor – Cooper Street Improvements for 2010
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Letter to the Editor – Cooper Street Improvements for 2010

BY TAMARA WALKER On July 14th, 2008, the Cooper-Young Business Association initiated talks with Mary Baker of the Office of Planning and Development and Bill Schaffer of the Memphis City Engineering Office to discuss ways to slow down traffic on Cooper Street. After meeting with Mary and Bill, we asked the ETI Corporation, an Engineering Planning Company, in March of 2009 to design different possible configurations of Cooper Street...

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