Online Companies Like Facebook Turn to Outdoor Advertising

Bloomberg has published an online article https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/big-tech-is-spending-big-in-a-decidedly-old-school-way entitled “Facebook Pushes Online Ads, Then Spends Its Cash on Billboards.” The article says research firm Magna projects that outdoor advertising will grow 2% in 2018 to $8 billion, while ad sales for television, radio, newspaper and magazines will decline. It specifies billboard campaigns by Facebook, Google, Intel and Spotify. […]

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New Canaan (Connecticut) Realtors Ban “For Sale” Signs on Homes

In New Canaan (Connecticut), where the average home sells for approximately $1.5 million, the Board of Realtors has voted to remove all “for sale” signs on homes by July 1, reports a Fox News online article http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/12/wealthy-connecticut-town-bans-for-sale-signs-on-homes-on-market.html. After a six-month trial period, the Town Council could make it an ordinance. The article states, “High property and […]

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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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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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