Scenic America Honors former Pittsburgh mayor with Stafford Award

Scenic America has presented its Stafford Award to former Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy in recognition of his work as an advocate for sustainable development and scenic preservation.  The presentation was made during Scenic America’s recent board meeting in that city. “The Stafford Award serves as Scenic America’s most prestigious award, having honored luminaries such as…

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Scenic America honors founders at ceremony in Salisbury

Scenic America honored its founding members during its recent Affiliates conference in Salisbury, NC.  The three “Founders Awards” were given to Ruth Becker, Charles Floyd and the family of Marion Fuller Brown. Left to Right: Charles Floyd, Ruth Becker and Martha Fuller Clark. (Click to enlarge) Charles Floyd told the story of Scenic America’s beginnings:…

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Scenic Knoxville gets Stafford Award for sustained campaign for beauty

On April 20, 2016, more than 100 people joined Scenic Knoxville at the East Tennessee History Center for a celebration of eight years of successful advocacy and accomplishments in Knox County. Mary Tracy presents the Stafford Award to the Scenic Knoxville Board of Directors on April 20, 2016 Formed in 2008, Scenic Knoxville has worked…

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Mount Laurel, NJ receives Stafford Award for winning billboard battle

Scenic America has presented its Stafford Award to Mayor Linda Bobo and the citizens of Mount Laurel for their successful years-long effort to prohibit billboards in the township. The Award was presented at the Township Council meeting on April 22, 2013 by Scenic America President Mary Tracy and Board Member Carl E. Hintz.  The presentation…

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The $4.3 million billboard: A case study in condemnation costs

Documents reveal that the Minnesota Department of Transportation agreed to spend over $4.3 million in public funds for the removal of a digital billboard as part of a bridge reconstruction project.  The billboard’s removal was necessitated by a project currently underway to replace the Lafayette Bridge, which carries state highway 52 over the Mississippi River…

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After public outcry, advertising signs removed from Jacksonville Arena

Thanks to the effort of Scenic America members and the hard work of our affiliate Scenic Jacksonville, advertising signs that were defacing the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena have been removed. In response to public pressure the Jacksonville Office of General Counsel studied the law concerning this matter, and they concluded that the Arena signs were in…

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United Nations report says outdoor advertising a cultural threat

A new report submitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations General Assembly finds that human cultural identity and expression are being threatened around the world by increasingly omnipresent advertising and marketing practices, and in particular a growing commercialization of the public realm. To learn more about the effects of outdoor advertising around the world…

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Rutgers Law Review note argues digital billboards violate the HBA

The latest edition of the Rutgers Law Review includes a note by law student Susan C. Sharpe — “Between Beauty and Beer Signs” — that argues that digital billboards violate the spirit and letter of the Highway Beautification Act (HBA) of 1965. After passage of the HBA each state was required to enter into a…

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Seaside road in south Jersey benefits from local couple’s efforts

A digital billboard that kept neighbors awake and blighted a southern New Jersey seaside roadway has been taken down thanks to the determination of one local couple. As part of the settlement of the lengthy and expensive legal battle, the company that put up the Margate Causeway billboard has agreed to never operate a digital billboard along…

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Investigative report exposes killing of trees by billboard industry

A new report finds that the practices of poisoning, cutting and chopping down trees to increase the visibility of billboards are more widespread than previously believed. The report, by the investigative journalism organization FairWarning, highlights several recent incidents in which it is alleged that billboard companies killed trees by poisoning or cutting.  Robert Barnhart was…

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