First Amendment Aspects of Takings

The following article originally appeared in Signs of the Times magazine. By Karen E. Claus, JD Phd This month, the author examines the First Amendment aspects of takings by looking at the cases of Linmark Assoc., Inc. et. al. v. Township of Willingboro et. al., which concerned real-estate signage. and Omni Outdoor Adv Inc. v. […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Strengthens Just Compensation

The following article originally appeared in the August 1987 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. The Fifth Amendment guarantees that private property shall not “be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Those words have caused much heated debate and litigation ever since they were written. In a 6-3 decision on June 9, 1987 the Supreme […]

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Establishing the Worth of an On-Premise Sign

How to apply the market-comparison and cost-of-replacement valuation methods to an on-premise sign This article originally appeared in the October 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Thomas A. Claus In last month’s column, we examined a car wash’s new, $15,000 pole sign and began assessing its economic […]

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Tennessee Billboard Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A 45-year-old, outdoor-advertising act in Tennessee has been declared unconstitutional by a Memphis district judge, because of content-neutrality issues. An April 3, 2017 article in U. S. Today states, “U.S. District Judge Jon P. McCalla said the 1972 law ‘does not survive First Amendment scrutiny’ because it bans some forms of commercial and non-commercial speech […]

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Hacking of Electronic Billboards Reported in Augusta, Georgia

An electronic billboard owned by Be Still Displays was hacked on the night of January 28, 2017 on the main thoroughfare of Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia. A similar hacking occurred in Atlanta in 2015. As of Monday, January 31, neither the display owner, Chris Withers, nor the Richmond Count Sheriff’s Office, could explain how the […]

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New Book Documents 23 Wall Mural Projects

A new book, simply called “The Walldogs Book,” documents 25 events over a 23-year period, in which signpainters have created more than 500 wall murals on brick walls to help commemorate communities’ histories. These artisans, who call themselves the Walldogs, have held annual events every year since 1999. The documentation is complete through 2016. Most […]

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FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt Helps Judge Sign Contest

Wade Swormstedt, the Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI) was one of four judges who helped determine the winners in the annual sign-design contest sponsored by Signs of the Times & Screen Printing en Espanol (SSEN) magazine. The winners appeared in the December/January 2016/2017 issue of SSEN. Over the past […]

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FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt Quoted by MTV News

MTV contacted FASI Executive Director Wade Swormstedt when it was writing a story about political signs. In an August 22 article, reporter Jaime Fuller included several quotes from Wade. To read the full story, go to http://www.mtv.com/news/2921469/where-do-all-those-campaign-signs-come-from/ Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was […]

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Reed v. Gilbert Session at APA Convention Attracts 500 People

The following article was written by FASI Board Member Alan Weinstein, who participated in the American Planning Association session. The American Planning Association (APA) recently announced attendance figures for sessions at its annual National Conference held this past April [2016] in Phoenix, Arizona.  The session that focused on the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling on […]

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What are Some Guidelines for Electronic Message Center Resolution?

A critical aspect of any sign is viewing distance. The appropriate amount of detail varies greatly, depending on the distance from which the sign will be viewed. In digital printing, this “resolution” is determined by “dots per inch,” or DPI. The more closely an image will be viewed, the higher its resolution needs to be, […]

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