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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Letter to Cooper-Young: Garden Walk invites participation

Dear Cooper-Young Residents, The Cooper Young Garden Club would like to personally invite you and your family to participate in our 2nd annual Cooper-Young Garden Walk. Our neighborhood garden tour happens May 20th-21st. Garden tours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily with garden speakers from 3-4:30 p.m.  Get your two-day pass tickets by May 5th for $15 or $20 after May 5th. Order online at https://cygardenwalk.eventsmart.com or pick-up at CYCA...

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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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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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Monthly column will explore landmarks status issues

By Kristen Schebler Ongoing efforts to seek landmarks status with the city Landmarks Commission have sparked lively debate and raised a lot of questions. This month we unveil a new column that will focus on providing updates and information about the effort to create a Cooper-Young Landmarks District. Up to this point, the organizing committee has worked hard to draft potential guidelines for the neighborhood. These guidelines were...

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