Mission (Kansas) Revised Sign Code to Allow Historic Pole Signs

The city of Mission, Kansas is revising a sign code that still wouldn’t allow pole signs, but it is adding a mechanism to allow historic pole signs that are at least 40 years old to remain. This subjective provision, which would be determined on a case-by-case basis, would require that the sign “must demonstrate Mission’s […]

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USSC Foundation Announces Funding for Sign-Height Study

The United States Sign Council Foundation has announced the launch of a study entitled “The Effect of Mounting Height on On-Premise Sign Visibility and Traffic Safety.” The Foundation has retained the services of Philip Garvey of Penn State University to complete the research, expected by Fall 2018. In 2003, USSC produced a study that showed […]

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“Blocked” Billboard Ruled Not a “Taking” by Wisconsin Supreme Court

(Ed. note: The following  excerpts are taken verbatim from the Wisconsin Bar Association website. https://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=26432 ) “The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled (4-3) that the City of Madison’s construction of a pedestrian bridge over a major highway, blocking visibility of an existing billboard, was not a taking of property requiring just compensation.” “Adams Outdoor Advertising Limited […]

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AACSRE Journal Provides Study of Signage Needs of Independent Businesses

In the most recent edition of The Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, one article is entitled “Providing brand guidance for independent businesses: A supplement to District Signage Standards.” Written by Lisa Fontaine, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Design, and Susan L. Bradbury, Professor, Department of Community & Regional Planning, both at Iowa State University, the […]

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Advice on Reed v. Gilbert Included in AACSRE Interdisciplinary Journal

An article in the 2017 Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, which is published biannually by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), offers advice for communities with regard to their sign codes in the aftermath of the SCOTUS Reed v. Gilbert 2015 decision. Written by Alan Weinstein, who is the director/professor […]

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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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When Politicians Need Signs

Ironically, those who rail against on-premise signs are often those who speak out in favor of them when it comes to personal use. Perhaps it best falls under the NIMBY (not in my backyard) principle. Yes, we want jails and sewer systems, but not in my neighborhood. An analogy of this principle spills over into […]

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