A Stroll Through Memphis' Vibrant Hubs:
Cooper-Young & Overton Square

Cooper-Young's Remarkable Revival

Cooper-Young is a historic neighborhood in Memphis’ Midtown section with a rich past. It played a significant role in housing its working class in the early 20th century. The neighborhood’s decline began gradually in the mid-20th century, but by the 1980s, it experienced a remarkable revival.
Affordable housing, particularly the charming Victorian and Craftsman-style homes built between 1900 and 1915, combined with the efforts of the Cooper-Young Community Association, drew artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs to the area. Their creativity and innovation gave new life to Cooper-Young. The neighborhood started to flourish again because of their creativity and innovation.

From Decline to Delight

In 1989, the neighborhood earned a well-deserved spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The iconic Cooper-Young Trestle, a steel sculpture depicting the neighborhood’s essence, serves as a welcoming gateway. Our stroll through this “funky” neighborhood offered a glimpse into its unique character and lovable charm and showed that Cooper-Young is indeed a revived and vibrant community today.

A Rainy Afternoon Walk Through Overton Square

After the rain cleared, we grabbed our umbrellas and set off for Overton Square. This revitalized neighborhood in the heart of Midtown Memphis actually comes alive in the evening when the restaurants and bars bustle with activity.

However, we only opted for the fresh air this time, skipping the indoor dining experience. Overton Square offered a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll. We valued the peaceful atmosphere and admired the whimsical, characteristic buildings.


Monday, January 17, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022


6.15 mi
4.64 mi

Moving Time

2:01:02 hrs
1:31:20 hrs


47 °F, sun
57 °F, clouds, rain