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Cooper-Young Community Association
2298 Young Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104


Cooper-Young - Many Voices, One Community, January 28, 2013

We are proud to announce that we have officially received word that our mural plans for the McLean and Barksdale underpasses have been approved through Union Pacific! We apologize for the delay. This stage of the process took a bit longer than we anticipated due to the difficulty of locating the appropriate department for approval

By Michelle Reeves The Barksdale mural is moving forward. Funds are looking up and we are ready to start some of the pre-mural work. Cleanup is set for June 16 from 9 a.m. until we are finished. Cleanup will include physical removal of debris, trimming of vines that hang over the mural surface, and pressure.

Commercial Appeal

Carl E. Moore takes advantage of the rain free weather Sunday to work on the mural he is painting on the walls of the train bridge over McLean in the Cooper-Young area. With the help of dedicated volunteers, such as Jamie Steward and Chere Doiron who both helped on Sunday the project is taking shape. Dale L. Anderson/Special to The Commercial Appeal

Dailey News

New Mural To Brighten
Cooper-Young Entrance

An artistic Midtown neighborhood has designs on creating a second “landmark” gateway.

The Cooper-Young Historic District, which several years ago unveiled the permanent installation of artwork atop a trestle over Cooper Street, has launched an effort to create a second piece of railroad art, this time a mural on the expansive underpass on South McLean Boulevard near Central Avenue.

The mural would turn the gray cement underpass into a second gateway entrance into the neighborhood, something members of the Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) said has been a long time coming.

Group effort

Neighbors Andy Ashby and Brad Gilmer serve as project managers for the mural project, which Gilmer said was born out of an effort to stop graffiti tagging in the area.

“Most graffiti experts agree that if you have public art, then the taggers won’t tag on top of it,” Gilmer said.

CYCA came up with the idea in July 2008 and began the planning process in August 2009 after approaching John Weeden, executive director of the UrbanArt Commission, which managed the Cooper Street trestle installation.

“These underpasses often become areas of urban blight,” Weeden said. “But they tend to be effective gateway emblems with neighborhood identification pieces. They give a neighborhood a distinct character – they become community landmarks.”

(Click to read the rest of the article
at the Memphs Dailey News website)

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