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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Includes Support for Key Scenic Priorities

Scenic America is thrilled to announce that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), passed by Congress on Friday, November 5, and signed into law by President Joe Biden on Monday, November 15, includes provisions supporting two of our key policy goals: utility undergrounding and flexible program funding for gateway communities adjacent to national…

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Florida’s New “30A” License Plate to Help Keep
Walton County Scenic

Florida drivers will soon have the chance to help preserve Walton County’s scenic beauty while showing their love for the 30A lifestyle brand by purchasing a new 30A specialty license plate. Developed through an innovative partnership between 30A and Scenic Walton, the tag features 30A’s famous sunshine logo set against a silhouette of Western Lake,…

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Supreme Court to Hear Austin v. Reagan

On November 10, 2021, at 10 am EST, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case with critical implications for the Highway Beautification Act. City of Austin v. Reagan Advertising considers whether regulation of billboards (“off-premise” signs) violates the First Amendment rights of advertising companies. The final ruling is expected in early 2022. The docket…

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What 5 things can you do right now to make your community more scenic?

Here are a few ways you can act today, where you are, to champion the unique scenic values of YOUR neighborhood.

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Scenic America Scores More Victories in Congress

House Passes Surface Transportation Bill with Funding for Byways and Support for Undergrounding and Gateway Communities Scenic America landed additional legislative wins this month as the surface transportation reauthorization bills moved through the House and Senate. Three out of our four strategic priorities are included in the final House bill, which passed the House of…

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Brews for Views 2021 with guest Che Zuro – Coming August 21

After no Brews for Views last year due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to having a bigger event than ever this year! We’re planning more beer, more food – and a special musical guest – so buy your tickets now! Find out more about our annual fundraiser, Brew for Views, including all the…

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Scenic Michigan announces new sign guidebook

Scenic Michigan has released the second edition of its Michigan Sign Guidebook. Like the celebrated first edition published in 2011, the 2021 edition is designed as a go-to resource about local sign regulation as communities consider the legal defensibility of their existing sign regulations and make needed updates. Most sign ordinances currently in place in Michigan…

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Digital Billboards Impede Green Energy Goals

From Scenic Los Angeles President, Patrick Frank The largest concentration of digital billboards in Southern California is in the city of Inglewood, bordering Los Angeles International Airport. A local business known as Wow Media Co. owns and operates 14 boards along Century, Manchester, and La Cienega Blvds., several of which are also clearly visible from…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Columbia, MO

Making Cultural Headway in the Missouri Heartland Recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns and one of the best places in the nation to live, Columbia, Missouri, is known for the small-town comforts, community spirit, and big-city culture that make it a prime example of placemaking excellence. Affectionately known as “CoMo,” Columbia…

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Scenic Developments in Ohio

The Scenic Ohio chapter has been active in their communities, working on scenic conservation projects. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Rest Areas Landscape Design Manual emphasizes the use of native plantings to create “more parklike rest stops” and provides information for landscape architects and design teams to enable a new…

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Scenic-Friendly Legislation Advances in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas

Scenic America has been tracking promising legislation in several states, including bills that protect scenic roadways and restrict outdoor advertising. In Oklahoma, state legislators recently passed Senate Bill 549, which strengthened rules that prevent the relocation or installation of outdoor advertising in communities. In Arkansas, legislators approved House Bill 1375, designating State Highway 5, known…

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Art on Billboards: Not Worth It

From Scenic Los Angeles President Patrick Frank Periodically we see something resembling art on billboards, when an arts organization takes over a set of billboards and replaces the usual ads with mock-ups of work by actual artists. Here in Los Angeles, for example, the local non-profit The Billboard Creative runs an annual month-long group exhibition…

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Scenic America Launches Agents of Discovery Mobile App

Scenic America is excited to announce the launch of an exciting new way to learn about scenic conservation. In partnership with Project Green Schools and Agents of Discovery, we have created a free mobile app in which users will be able to play informative, engaging games called “missions” that will challenge them to think and…

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Scenic America Accepting Applications for Summer 2021 Internships

Scenic America is now accepting applications for Summer 2021 internships in Communications and Development, and Policy, Advocacy, and Research.  Interns can work in-person in our Washington, D.C. office or virtually from their home or university. As a growing nonprofit, Scenic America provides its interns with hands-on, practical experience in communications, research, advocacy, fundraising, and other…

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Scenic Heroes: Charles Floyd

When Charles Floyd passed away on October 15, 2020, the scenic community lost one of its strongest and most passionate heroes, and Scenic America lost one of its founding members. A retired professor, Charlie dedicated the second half of his career to fighting billboard blight, authoring paper after paper decrying the ruthless tactics and questionable…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Oxford, Mississippi

Southern Charm and Smart Design There’s a popular saying among residents of Oxford, Mississippi: “We get to live here.” It’s so popular, in fact, that it has become a hashtag that the town’s 25,000 residents share with pride on social media. And with good reason. Named after another university town—Oxford, England—the idyllic city is often…

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Scenic America Board Member honored with Women in Preservation award

The Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) in Savannah, GA has honored a Scenic America board member, Ardis Wood, with the Women in Preservation Award. This award honors women working in preservation in Savannah as a part of Women’s History Month celebrations. HSF described Wood as a globe-trotter, a historic tour maven, and a community cornerstone. A…

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Underpass Construction Begins in Walton County

Construction on the Inlet Beach Underpass in Walton County, Florida, has begun. Our Scenic Walton chapter has worked tirelessly over the last several years to coordinate the effort to make this important safety improvement happen. Walton County officials held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the underpass on March 26. According to the Florida Department of…

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Scenic America Secures Great Press for Byways Announcement

Scenic America made its way into the headlines in February and March following the announcement of the newest National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads. Our dedication to and work in this area was highlighted in multiple news stories across the country. Read some of these stories below: Lonely Planet Travel + Leisure Conde Nast Traveler…

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Billboard Bills to Watch

Scenic America is currently tracking bad billboard legislation in places such as Missouri, West Virginia, and Providence, Rhode Island. Missouri House Bill 1115 This legislation currently under consideration modifies the existing language of a statute related to outdoor advertising to the benefit of billboard companies. If passed, it would revoke the authority of a city…

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Scenic America Celebrates Announcement of New Scenic Byways Designations

New Designations Announced for the First Time since 2009 WASHINGTON, DC—Scenic America celebrates the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)’s announcement today of 34 National Scenic Byways and 15 All-American Roads, the first additions to the program since 2009. The new designees– ranging from Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway to California’s Historic Route 66 Needles…

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Placemaking Spotlight: New Harmony, Indiana

A Quirky Utopian Town Embraces its Past while Forging its Future Tucked away on the southwestern tip of Indiana on the banks of the Wabash River, the tiny town of New Harmony has evolved from an 1800s social experiment into a modern-day spiritual sanctuary and gathering place for scientists, spiritualists, artists, and scholars. Its placemaking…

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Scenic Utah Wages Fight on Drastic Billboard Laws

Utah may be known for its majestic scenery and stunning landscapes, but if state legislators get their way, the Beehive State may soon be known for one of the most damaging billboard laws in the nation. On January 19, 2021, Sen. Scott Sandall introduced SB61, allowing any billboard owner in Utah to upgrade their billboards…

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Scenic America Celebrates $16 Million to Jump-Start the National Scenic Byways Program

Congress Provides New Funding for the First Time in Nearly 10 Years Scenic America celebrates the inclusion of $16 million in funding for the National Scenic Byways Program in the omnibus spending package announced today by Congress—the first time in nine years that dedicated funds have been made available for this important program.  As part…

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Scenic America Accepting Applications for Spring 2021 Internships

Scenic America is now accepting applications for Spring 2021 internships in Communications and Development, and Policy, Advocacy, and Research.  Interns can work in-person in our Washington, D.C. office or virtually from their home or university. As a growing nonprofit, Scenic America provides its interns with hands-on, practical experience in communications, research, advocacy, fundraising, and other…

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Senate Includes $35 Million for Scenic Byways in Appropriations Bill

Scenic America recently took an important step forward in its ongoing effort to secure funding for the National Scenic Byways Program. The Senate Appropriations Committee included $35 million for scenic byways in its appropriations bill for Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021.  You can find the appropriation here,…

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Top Picks for Fall Foliage Viewing from Scenic America

With autumn in full swing, it’s the perfect time to hit the road for leaf-peeping and other activities in the great outdoors and along our National Scenic Byways. As the nation’s leading advocate for scenic conservation issues, Scenic America has put together this list of twelve of our favorite destinations that showcase autumn’s beauty. Arkansas:…

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Scenic America Partners with JWC Studios on New Video Series

Scenic America has teamed up with a newly launched philanthropic production company to create a compelling collection of videos and stunning images that showcase the natural beauty of the nation, beginning with a video focusing on Walton County, Florida. These media assets will be featured in campaigns to attract additional supporters and donors to the…

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Tell your Representative: Ensure Scenic Beauty is a Priority in the INVEST Act

We want to ask you to take urgent action on behalf of our scenic byways—and much more. Time is short, and the stakes are high. The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee just introduced the “INVEST in America Act,” H.R. 7095, which funds our country’s highways for the next five years and will…

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Victory for Scenic Los Angeles: Department of Public Works Postpones Bus Shelter Program

A plan to install hundreds of digital signs on Los Angeles bus shelters was postponed on December 15 by the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The Coalition for a Scenic Los Angeles was the first group to organize against the Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program (STAP), which planned to award a contract to a…

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Scenic Hero: Kathryn Welch Howe

Developing Cities with Scenery and Substance If not for Kathryn Welch Howe, New York’s glorious and iconic Grand Central Terminal might be a thing of the past. Worn down by decades of overuse and underinvestment, the storied transportation hub had fallen into extreme disrepair by the 1980s. Offered the chance to propose a plan for…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Olympia, Washington

This coastal capital with blue-collar roots has its sights set on a green future The southernmost city on the Puget Sound, Olympia is best known nationally as the capital of Washington State. For the people who call Olympia home, however, the gleaming dome and legislative hub take a backseat to the town’s other distinguishing qualities,…

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Fineview Greenspace Update: Paths and a Stairway

We are continuing to work with our partners Allegheny Cleanways and Landforce to clean and shape this amazing forest patch in the middle of the Northside of Pittsburgh. Following some major cleanups this spring and summer, this fall we focused on creating a safe entrance to the space and making paths along its entire length….

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Big News: We’re Forming a Greenspace Partnership

We are far from the only organization that does greenspace restoration and development in our region, and most organizations do an amazing job. But as we’ve done more greenspace work ourselves, we’ve become convinced that one solution to make this process simpler and allow for the creation and maintenance of more accessible greenspace is a partnership…

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Give a Holiday Gift: Buy a Scenic Pittsburgh Mug

Support Scenic SW Pennsylvania with style! If you’re looking for a unique gift that celebrates the irreplaceable beauty of southwestern Pennsylvania, why not gift one of our scenic coffee mugs? Showing an early morning scene of one of Pittsburgh’s beautiful bridges, it’s the perfect way to wake up with a beverage in one of the…

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Winners of 2021 America the Beautiful Photo Contest Announced

Scenic America is delighted to announce the winners of its inaugural America the Beautiful Photo Contest. The contest attracted more than 400 entries from photographers across the country of all skill levels. Entrants were asked to submit examples of their original work that showcased the beauty of our country from different perspectives, locations, and points…

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2021 America the Beautiful Photo Contest: Help Us Choose the Fan Favorite

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Ligonier, Indovina Architects, McKnight Realty: 2021 Scenic Awards

Beginning in August of 2019, Scenic Pittsburgh created the Southwestern PA Scenic Awards program to recognize excellence in preservation, enhancement, and promotion of scenic resources in the region. We hope that the example provided by the award winners can help other communities in making the most of their own scenic resources – and keeping southwestern Pennsylvania unique…

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