Passion for gardening sparks  CY-er’s love of volunteering
Apr13

Passion for gardening sparks CY-er’s love of volunteering

By Stephanie Gonzalez Robbie Dixon, the Lamplighter’s April Volunteer Spotlight, inherited a love of gardening from his mother growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He started with house plants, but when he moved to Elzey Street in Cooper-Young in 1993 he greatly expanded his botanical palette and embraced a new love for volunteering rooted in his new passion. Now Dixon’s house features a variety of vegetable beds that he plants from...

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In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city
Apr13

In early days of 20th century, lost rail lines linked Cooper-Young to burgeoning city

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, their work was the first real history of the area, which at the time was in a state of decay. Thirty years later, with the neighborhood having undergone a dramatic...

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Former lawyer practices judicious planting as manager of midtown nursery
Apr13

Former lawyer practices judicious planting as manager of midtown nursery

By Kim Halyak This is the fourth in several interviews with Memphis landscape designers. We hope these articles inspire you to create beautiful and functional gardens that best meet your family needs. This month’s designer is John Jennings, manager at Urban Earth Garden Center located at 80 Flicker Street and owned by Greg Touliatos. Jennings was kind enough to give all our garden walk hosts gift certificates to Urban Earth. Thank...

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Couple builds Dutch colonial dream house on blighted CY lot
Apr13

Couple builds Dutch colonial dream house on blighted CY lot

By Sharron Johnson April already? Yep, it is spring. It is a time of rebirth for shrubs, bulbs, trees, grass, and houses. Yes, houses are also awakened to the pleasant temperatures offering a hope for new life. Everything new and shiny like a new penny, which brings to mind the old ditty: “Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” This was taught to my daughter when she was a child by her Brownie troop...

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All Aboard: A new entertainment complex opening this month  brings the old site of an area rail depot roaring to life
Apr03

All Aboard: A new entertainment complex opening this month brings the old site of an area rail depot roaring to life

In another era, the strip of land at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Central Avenue, just north of Cooper-Young, rumbled with activity. The area was home to railroad substation, a busy transportation at a time when rail was still the primary mode of transportation. At all hours, the clang of steel filled the air as freight and passenger cars jockeyed their way through the neighborhood headed to their far-flung destinations...

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Community yard sale turns trash into treasures
Apr03

Community yard sale turns trash into treasures

The Annual Cooper-Young Community Yard Sale is happening on Saturday, April 29th! If you’ve got a few extra items lying around the house, this is the perfect time to clear the clutter and make a few extra dollars while you’re at it. If you would like to get involved, just contact the CYCA by calling (901) 272-2922 or emailing us at info@cooperyoung.org. This year we’re asking all participants to chip in $5. This will help us advertise...

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