Idlewild Journal: Presenting the Idlewild NA Graffiti Removal Team

By Mary Baker If you are on your way to Easy Way to get some fruits and vegetables or a cup of coffee at Otherlands you may see three guys on Cooper Street with cans of spray paint in their hands. You might really get alarmed when you see them spraying paint on the railroad trestle and street lamp poles. As a vigilant member of the Midtown community, you may even take a chance on getting close enough to them so you can describe their...

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Idlewild Journal

By Mary Baker Neighbors plant flowers, warm spirits in Peabody Park I am so happy that I was one of a group of Idlewild Neighborhood Association members who gathered in Peabody Park at 9 a.m. Dec. 10. We came there on that frigid 25-degree morning to take the first step toward our vision of planting beautiful flowers surrounding the base of the sculpture in the park. The morning started when Mike Kauffman drove up in his pickup truck...

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Haunting images from Idlewild

By Mary Baker If you want to see some cool and spooky Halloween decorations, take a drive through Idlewild neighborhood. We have Frankenstein standing in a front yard, skeletons sitting in lounge chairs, and skulls looking out the windows. We have some pretty scary looking grave yards too. One grave stone threatens, “I’m gonna getcha!” I bet the trick-or-treaters will walk quickly past that one. Idlewild Neighborhood Association is...

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Idlewild residents clean up Cooper Street trestle

By Mary Baker Idlewild neighbors came together on Saturday, September 3 to clean up the area around and under the railroad trestle on Cooper Street north of Central Avenue. Residents had discussed the need to clean up at this location at our Idlewild Neighborhood Association (INA) meeting on August 2. Idlewild neighbors began arriving to the clean up site at 8am with rakes, brooms, shovels, and trash bags. We picked up broken glass,...

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Idlewild neighborhood supports restoration of the Peabody Park Pavilion

By Mary Baker At their regular meeting on August 2, members of the Idlewild Neighborhood Association (INA) voted to make a contribution to Preservation Memphis (PM) to support the restoration of the historic Peabody Park Pavilion. Idlewild neighbors learned about the fundraising efforts of PM through an article published in the July Lamplighter. There was immediate interest and support in the neighborhood because Peabody Park is...

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Idlewild Historic District Association holds potluck

By Mary Baker The Idlewild Historic District Association gathered at Chimes and Occasions, 201 South Cooper, for a potluck dinner on July 5. Idlewild neighbors brought dishes that included spaghetti, fried chicken, vegetable salads, and deviled eggs. It all added up to a delicious and fun meal. Everyone was especially thrilled when Anne and Douglas Wood came in with a basket full of Ripley tomatoes. Jerry Brown was in charge of...

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