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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LampLighter welcomes new editor and intern

By Emily Bishop [singlepic id=275 w=320 h=240 float=left]The LampLighter has grown under the leadership of many editors since the premiere issue back in 1989. Some editors have served for several years and some only a few issues. Leslie Jaynes has stepped down as editor after more than a year of service. Leslie worked to broaden the scope of articles printed in the LampLighter and brought a new energy to the task of production....

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Neighborhood Watch still going strong

Last month, I was fortunate enough to attend a Neighborhood Watch retreat sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. While I can’t say I learned a great deal of new information—as I have long been an avid supporter of NW—the experience did renew my resolve to advocate this critical aspect of community. Criminals, like cockroaches, are most active when they think we’re not looking, and a well-coordinated Neighborhood Watch is,...

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