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Toby Sells - The Commercial Appeal -
Historic architecture, a vibrant business and entertainment district and active and engaged residents all put Cooper-Young on this year's list of the American Planning Association's 10 Great Neighborhoods in the U.S.
The "historically hip" Midtown neighborhood made the list after its four-decade-long "renaissance" that relied on existing neighborhood assets, according to the APA, the educational organization for the country's planners.
"A neighborhood of hard working Americans, Cooper-Young doesn't put on any airs," APA CEO Paul Farmer said in a statement. "Even as reinvestment transforms its commercial corridor into one of the city's top entertainment venues and residences continue to be rehabbed, the neighborhood remains true to itself."
The Great Neighborhoods list is one part of the group's Great Places in America program that recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces with "unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by resident, community leaders and planners."
Cooper-Young joins Baton Rouge's Garden District, Fells Point in Baltimore, the Fairmont-Sugar House neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Downtown Walla Walla, Wash., among others on this year's list. "I've lived in Cooper-Young for more than 30 years and I've seen it develop into a bustling, vibrant neighborhood with a farmers market, well-used bike lanes, an active community association, a popular annual street festival and many of my favorite restaurants in the city," Memphis Mayor A C Wharton told the APA.
"It's definitely one of the Memphis' great neighborhoods and we're so proud that the American Planning Association considers it one of America's Great Neighborhoods, too."