Cooper Young was recently recognized for what a lot of us already know: It’s one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the country, as featured by Great Places in America 2012. The number of restored historic properties largely outweighs the number still in need of such repairs, and the neighborhood’s commercial buildings are now a thriving entertainment district that draws residents from across the city and pulls visitors from the suburbs who are wanting to spend an evening out on the town.
With several restaurants and businesses within walking distance of each other, the neighborhood draws more than 50,000 tourists and locals weekly, and generates $2 million in sales tax yearly. The annual Cooper Young Festival, which just celebrated its 25th year, drew roughly 120,000 in its 10 hours of operation, making it the largest single-day event in Memphis. Also, you can’t forget the monthly Cooper Young Night Out where businesses stay open late with specials, live music plays, and you never know what vendor or artist will be having goods for sale.
Want to grab coffee and get work done? Otherlands, Java Cabana, or Tart are all located minutes from each other. Looking for a killer beer selection? Check out Young Avenue Deli (affectionally known as “The Deli”). Looking for a place to go out for a date night? Take a walk over to Alchemy (which offers valet parking), Mulan, The Beauty Shop, or any of the other dozen restaurants in the neighborhood. Music lovers can check out Goner Records as well as Memphis Drum Shop. Life really is good in Cooper Young.
So, why is Cooper Young such a great place to live? Here’s a few reasons:
CY is home to one of Memphis’s finest public elementary schools, Peabody Elementary. The neighborhood setting adds to the feeling of warmth and community at the school, and the neighborhood businesses and residents support the school. It’s a great picture of how schools and neighborhoods can support each other. – Kate Lareau
Mostly I love living in a community that really feels like one, where people make a point to know and take care of their neighbors. I also love that it’s such an easy place to live. My favorite restaurants and entertainment venues, my son’s school and my church are all just steps or a couple minutes drive away. I don’t plan to ever leave! – Ginger Spickler
Tell us: Why do you love Cooper Young? We’d love to see your responses in the comments below!