Can a Sign’ Location Make it Worth $1.8 Million?

In Cincinnati, OH, a building was ideally situated on Pete Rose Way, proximate to the confluence of I-71 and I-75. In 1997, the building housed Caddy’s, a 50s style entertainment complex. The Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team was about to build its $400 million Paul Brown Stadium, and the land and building were being taken by […]

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Do Electronic Message Centers Cause Traffic Accidents?

Subjective statements often suggest that electronic message centers (EMCs) cause traffic accidents because they are distracting. Yet, does any empirical evidence document this theory? No. In 1980, the Federal Highway Administration published its “Safety and Environmental Design Considerations in the Use of Commercial Electronic Variable-Message Signs” study, which was hugely inconclusive. It conducted the study […]

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Do Signs Help Non-profit Charities Raise More Money?

A Goodwill Industries store in Sarasota, FL was underperforming, even though it was located at an intersection through which 100,000 vehicles traveled on a daily basis. Other entities at the same intersection included a Wal-Mart, a Home Depot, a chain motel and a hospital/medical complex. Unfortunately, a canopy of trees blocked the Goodwill wall sign, […]

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How Cuyahoga Falls Created a “Win-Win” Sign Code

This article, written by sign-code expert, John Gann, originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. Easy-going, local sign regulations can certainly simplify life and stimulate business for sign companies and end users alike. Understandably, many in the sign industry favor them. But, permissive sign codes can eventually bite back. […]

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How An Appraisal Could have Defeated Amortization in Mississippi

Mississippi circuit court upholds amortization of signage, but could this tragedy have been prevented? The following article originally appeared in the June 1999 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus Thomas A. Claus contributed to this article. He is completing studies at Portland (OR) State University and will begin attending […]

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Sign-Valuation Arguments Thwart Amortization Against Michael’s

Richfield, MN, realized what it might have to pay in just compensation and let Michael’s keep its on-premise billboard The following article originally appeared in the December 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By John Yarger, Esq. A Michaels crafts store in Richfield, MN, was recently the target of an amortization scheme. On […]

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The Economic Worth of On-Premise Signs, Part II

Appraising techniques can isolate the cause-and-effect value of on-premise signs to merchants This article originally appeared in the October 1998 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Dr. R. James Claus and Richard M. Bass Last month, the authors discussed the First Amendment protect ion that signs (as commercial speech) enjoy. In addition, they […]

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Illegally Disguising Taxes as Sign-Permit Fees in Texas

Supreme Court Decision Costs Houston More than $2 million The following article originally appeared in the July 1995 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By Richard Rothfelder On August 26, 1992, A Texas judge held that the City of Houston was unconstitutionally assessing the off-premise sign industry with excessive permit fees. The judgment in Harris […]

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Is a Sign Company an Advertising Service?

Of course it is, state the authors. But as happened in a recent South Dakota case, the question can only be answered by constructing a carefully worded argument. The following article originally appeared in the November 1987 issue of Signs of the Times magazine. By R. James Claus and Karen Claus The question of whether a […]

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