Rebuilding Burlington

Burlington vacant storefront

Rebuilding Burlington

Where Cal Johnson's racetrack once thrived, a community plan offers a vision for revitalizing a historic corner of East Knoxville.

by scott barker • september 19, 2018

A mural depicting cal johnson faces vacant storefronts along martin Luther king jr. avenue in burlington.

Burlington, once a vital commercial hub of East Knoxville, has seen better days. Empty buildings with boarded windows line streets with crumbling sidewalks and little landscaping.
The East Tennessee Community Design Center, working with the Burlington Residents Association, has developed a plan to revitalize the area across Magnolia Avenue from Chilhowee Park.
A long wishlist for a once-vibrant commercial district.
Leslie Fawaz, studio design director for the Community Design Center, gave a presentation on the plan to City Council last week a...

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