Dear City Council: Enough.

An open letter to the Memphis City Council: The house I live in has been in my family since 1937. My grandparents raised their baby here, my parents first raised their baby here, and my daughter first raised her baby here. The fact is that my people helped build Cooper-Young, starting with my great uncle in 1912, and we have maintained a continuous presence in the neighborhood for over a century ─ a legacy built upon our founding of...

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Cooper-Young author plans to spin family’s tale into book

Like most of you, I never really knew much about my family’s history — certainly nothing beyond vague childhood memories of a few great grandparents. Then 20 years ago, while living in Boston, I began to fish around for any genealogical tidbits related to my birth surname Hollingsworth. When I discovered that a man named Valentine helped found the state of Pennsylvania with William Penn, I was hooked. I decided right then and there...

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Vacant Baker Brothers building sparks memories

By Aaron James As an architect, I spent 25 years creating built environments all over this half of the country, but the other day I was slapped with a stark reminder that community has little to do with buildings and everything to do with people. Thirty years ago, the building at the southwest corner of Nelson and Barksdale was bustling with people. At the time, I did not know our neighborhood had a name, but I knew that most of those...

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