City government shake-up, community meeting shape Cooper-Young landmarks status debate

By Kristen Schebler June was a busy month for everyone keeping up with the Landmarks process here in Cooper-Young. Not only did the neighborhood’s Landmarks Committee hold its second public meeting, the Landmarks Commission downtown has seen some big changes in staffing and policy. As ever, the Cooper-Young Community Association is committed to facilitating this process, so I’d like to take a little space to outline some of these...

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CYCA Resolves To Make Big Changes in New Year

By Kristin Schebler On Saturday, January 14th, the Cooper-Young Community Association board of directors got together and created a fantastic plan for 2017. Last year, we focused on learning about your needs through our 5 Year Plan process, and now we’re ready to start working on some of your great ideas. You can check out our specialized teams below to find what most interests you in the neighborhood plus take a look at the schedule...

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Recap: February meeting reads renters their rights

Cooper-Young is a diverse community in many ways, but our renters are often an under-served part of the neighborhood. With recent concerns over a few local landlords have come questions from renters and conscientious owners alike. To help answer these questions, the Cooper-Young Community Association invited Kate Anderson from Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) to come speak with at our February community meeting. Anderson began with...

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Study sends fairgrounds plans back to drawing board
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Study sends fairgrounds plans back to drawing board

Following weeks of interviews, tours, surveys, and public meetings, on June 12th the Urban Land Institute issued its report on the repurposing of the 155-acre Mid-South Fairgrounds, an opinion that advocated, among other things, expanding Tiger Lane, construction of a water park, and preserving, at least in part, the Mid-South Coliseum. A Washington, D.C. nonprofit dedicated to providing “leadership in the responsible use of land and...

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Judge: Don’t come to Cooper-Young and ‘mess it up’

Two heavy hitters in the city’s fight against crime and blight told Cooper-Young residents recently they need the public’s help in keeping the neighborhood safe and vibrant. Col. Russell Houston, precinct commander of the Memphis Police Department’s Crump Station, said recent crime rates in the precinct are not out of line with historic rates, but “any crime is too much crime.” From Jan. 1 through mid-February the precinct logged five...

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MARCH EVENTS: ‘Spamalot’ and much more

‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ marches into Playhouse on the Square It’ll be a very silly time at Playhouse on the Square as the troupe presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” through Feb. 16. This Tony Award winner for Best Musical and Drama Desk Award winner for Outstanding New Musical is a comedy “lovingly ripped off from” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. King Arthur, so dubbed when the Lady of the Lake gave him Excalibur,...

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