- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Chattanooga physician says he painted a house he owns lime green to get his neighbors’ attention after they opposed a zoning change.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/1lAFW6P ) James Newby told Chattanooga City Council members considering his zoning request he wanted the garish color to show his neighbors there were worse things that could happen to the property than having an engineering firm locate there.

“I can do things within the law that might make the neighborhood look a lot less attractive,” he said.

Among those options, Newby said, is enrolling in the federal low-income housing program called Housing Choice.

Newby, his son and some friends painted the house, but they didn’t finish the job. The tops of most of the walls and the chimney are still the original red-brick color.

Councilman Yusuf Hakeem said, “I don’t think he has the best interests of the community at heart.”

After much back and forth Newby said he did not plan to “leave the house as a spectacle” and would probably repaint it gray.

“We had a little bit of fun with it and ruffled some feathers,” he said.

The council voted unanimously to deny the zoning change request.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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