Placemaking Spotlight: Montclair, New Jersey

One of North New Jersey’s most highly-regarded towns balances nature and city adventure Rooted in Essex County, the town of Montclair was founded in 1868. As the railroad industry grew, Montclair evolved from a commuter stop on the way to New York City to a tourist destination of its own. Named after the French term…

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Scenic America Supports Communities on Billboard Issues

With billboard battles heating up in communities across the country, Scenic America is lending its support to affiliates and activists as they face changes to signage codes and other intrusions. Scenic Houston is currently urging residents to speak out against a proposal to erect 50 new digital LED billboards along its freeways. If the proposal…

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Scenic America and Scenic Pittsburgh Introduce “Agents Of Discovery,” an Interactive and Educational Way to Explore Point State Park

PITTSBURGH, PA- Scenic America and chapter Scenic Pittsburgh have created a new, free way for families to learn about scenic conservation while exploring Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle.  Using the educational gaming platform Agents of Discovery, the organizations launched a free new mobile game focusing on issues like visual pollution and the importance of protecting parks and…

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Scenic Heroes: Mike Dawida

Scenic America Board Chair and Scenic Pittsburgh Executive Director Has Built a Career on Promoting Safety and Scenic Conservation in the Steel City and Beyond Mike Dawida has been the Executive Director of Scenic Pittsburgh for more than 10 years, and currently serves as Scenic America Board Chair. Both roles capitalize on his uncanny ability…

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Summer 2021 News from Scenic Los Angeles

With the City Council about to go into its summer recess, here’s a look at recent developments that we’re following that relate to scenic beauty in Los Angeles County. Some are Good News 👍, some are Bad News 👎, and some are inconclusive for now 👉 👍 Planning Staff Sends Version B Plus to PLUM…

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Legislative Update: Senate EPW Committee Includes Funding for Federal Lands and Utilities, Omits Byways Funding and Tree Protections

On Wednesday, May 26, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted to advance the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021. The bill included support for two of Scenic America’s key priorities, the Federal Lands Acquisition Program (FLAP) and the undergrounding of utility wires, however, it did not include dedicated funding for the Scenic…

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Scenic Heroes: Ed McMahon

Scenic America’s first president Ed McMahon developed an interest in land use planning and landscape conservation as a result of serving a tour of duty in Germany as a young soldier in the US Army. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Ed spent two years traveling throughout Europe from his post at US Army headquarters in…

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Progress on Our Fineview Greenspace Cleanup

From Scenic Pittsburgh Last week the fine folks from Allegheny Cleanways Dumpbusters program continued their cleanup of our greenspace in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Fineview. The big attraction was the garbage chute, which made it easier to get trash from the steep slopes of our greenspace into the dumpster! Check out more videos and pictures…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Making History Happen in Franklin, Tennessee

Located about 20 miles south of Nashville, the city of Franklin, Tennessee, is rooted in history and brimming with contemporary personality, making it a noteworthy example of placemaking at its finest.  Named for Benjamin Franklin, the town was founded in 1799 and grew into a prosperous trading center for hemp, tobacco, and other products, as…

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Scenic Updates in Texas

Big scenic news came from Texas this month. A bill to create a state scenic byways program cleared the state legislature, Houston raised concerns over new digital sidewalk signs, and progress continued on the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming review of an off-premise sign case in Austin. On the byways front, Scenic Texas came one step…

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