Orange Is the New Bond

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Orange Is the New Bond

The effort to create more options for affordable housing has created an unlikely alliance between developers and social justice advocates.

by scott barker • October 29, 2018

“Bring Back the Orange” could be a rallying cry for University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt’s rebuilding job, but in the city’s civic realm these days the phrase refers to the future of affordable housing in Knoxville.
Advocates and Realtors both want more residential options in more areas of the city.
Led by the local chapter of the NAACP, “Bring Back the Orange” is an effort to expand the areas of the city where small, multi-family housing for lower-income residents can be built under Knoxville’s proposed new zoning code. The availability of affordable housing has become a key issue as Recode Knoxville, th...

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