Bend (Oregon) Sandwich-board Sign Code is Unfair, per Editorial

An editorial in the June 1 issue of The Bulletin newspaper cites inequitable allowances for sandwich-board signs. Attributed to the newspaper’s editorial board, the opinion piece states, “Use of sandwich board signs is far more restricted in their industrial neighborhood than it is downtown. . . “While there are restrictions on downtown sandwich-board signs, they’re […]

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West Hollywood, California Planning for Massive Billboard Revitalization on Sunset Boulevard

(Editor’s note: All of the following information is gleaned from a website called “West Hollywood — The Creative City.” https://www.weho.org/city-hall/city-departments-divisions/community-development/long-range-and-mobility-planning/ongoing-plans-studies/sunset-boulevard-off-site-signage-st The West Hollywood Planning Commission has published an 88-page document entitled the “Sunset Strip Off-Site Signage Policy,” a “final initial study” that would add 18 digital and static billboards to a street well known for its creative […]

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Colorado Springs Students Lobby for an Electronic Message Center

The Palmer High School student council has successfully lobbied the City of Colorado Springs to have the school’s changeable-copy sign replaced by an electronic message center, reported the local Fox News outlet. The city’s sign code prohibits electronic message centers. However, the students persisted in their efforts toward “making big leaps to improve communication,” the […]

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How Chicago Capitalized on Electronic Billboards

In 2013, the City of Chicago inked a 20-year deal for 34 electronic billboards (initially, but a total of 60 are anticipated) along the interstate. Chicago received an initial payment of $15 million, with subsequent annual payments of $10 million. In addition, the city was to initially receive 50% of the advertising revenue from the messages […]

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Gilmanton (NH) Reverses Course on Banning Free Speech

On March 2, 2018 New Hampshire Public Radio posted an online article about the town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. Residents posted signs that read “We support Gilman police, even if the selectmen don’t.” However, only a few people (including a former selectman and the parents of the police chief) were threatened with punishment for alleged zoning […]

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Graffiti Artwork Valued at $6.7 Million

Based on the Visual Artists Rights Act, a judge has awarded 21 artists a collective $6.7 million because their artwork was painted over by the developer who owned the 5 Pointz building in Long Island City, New York. Judge Frederic Block cited developer Jerry Wolkoff’s “insolence” in having painted over the walls while litigation was […]

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2017 Nielsen Study Examines Billboard Effectiveness

The results of the 2017 Nielsen Poster Advertising Study, conducted by Nielsen On Location, showed that more than 60%, of more than 4000 people surveyed, believe billboards as a “good way to learn about new businesses,” as wells as sales and events. The study which encompassed 36 campaigns, 31 brands and 10 markets, in 14 […]

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Overall Sign-Code Trends in 2015 at the State Level

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote an article for Signs of the Times’ magazine’s April 2015 issue in which he outlined some general sign-code trends in various states. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/isas-kenny-peskin-discusses-sign-code-trends Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement […]

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A History of the Highway Beautification Act

The International Sign Association’s Kenny Peskin wrote on article for Signs of the Times magazine in 2015 that documented the history of the landmark Highway Beautification Act on its 50th anniversary. You can access the entire article in Signs of the Times’ digital edition at https://www.signsofthetimes.com/content/the-highway-beautification-act-50-years-later Wade SwormstedtWade is Executive Director of the Foundation for […]

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