Rhode Island Governor unveils new beautification initiative

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has unveiled a new initiative to beautify the state’s gateways with enhancements including murals, landscaping and graffiti abatement efforts along Interstate roads. The first mural has already been completed on the southern abutment of the Wampanoag Overpass Bridge on I-195 in East Providence. The mural, depicting sailboats in a Narragansett…

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Why our public roadside trees need protecting

It is the practice of several states, with acquiescence of of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), to permit outdoor advertising companies to cut, kill and remove publicly owned trees for the benefit of billboard visibility. A bill in the last Congress, H.R 5156, the “Protect Public Trees Act of 2018,” sponsored by Rep. Ted Poe…

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Utah affiliates conference a resounding success

The recent 2018 Scenic America affiliates conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, was a terrific success.  The event helped mark the launch of our new Scenic Utah affiliate. Scenic America Chairman Ryke Longest has penned a retrospective of conference events.  Click here to read. Conference presentations will soon be available on the same page.

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California State Sen. Mark Leno gets Stafford Award

Scenic America presented its Stafford Award to California State Senator Mark Leno for his longtime support of scenic beauty and his bold efforts to combat billboard blight in the state. While on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, Leno introduced legislation to restrict the placement of advertising on the sides of buildings, increased fines for illegal…

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Meet Joyce Feld: Scenic Knoxville’s Inexhaustible Engine

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern It was a warm day in Knoxville, Tennessee, and city resident Joyce Feld was starting her morning with a cup of coffee and a local newspaper. While flipping through the pages, she stumbled upon a small blurb that said the Metropolitan Planning Commission would be holding a workshop on…

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Scenic Jacksonville working to make city greener

By Emily Jeffries, Scenic America intern The city of Jacksonville, Florida, like most U.S. cities, has long struggled to balance public and private interests impacting its built and natural environments. Due to the consolidation of the city and county governments, Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental U.S. by land area and the most…

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Meet Dr. Patrick Frank: author, educator, activist

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern Patrick Frank was driving near his Los Angeles-area home when he began to notice a particularly alarming number of billboards. He had always disliked billboards, especially digital ones, but something about this moment was different. “I’ll become an anti-billboard activist once I retire,” he thought to himself. However, his…

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City of Houston earns Scenic America’s Clear Vision award

The City of Houston has been presented with Scenic America’s inaugural Clear Vision award for its success in combatting visual pollution through its decades-long effort to reduce the number of billboards blighting the city’s visual environment. Houston Mayor Annise Parker accepting Scenic America’s Clear Vision award Houston Mayor Annise Parker accepted award at a reception…

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Insurance industry expresses concern over digital billboard risks

A.M. Best, the leading rating agency focused on the insurance industry, has produced a video focusing on potential risks to insurers posed by digital billboards. “Any distraction is going to be of concern to the insurance industry,” said Loretta Worters, Vice President of the Insurance Information Institute. “When you turn away from your driving it’s…

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Meet Pam Wilson: attorney, activist and advocate for San Diego’s scenic beauty

By Makenna Sievertson, Scenic America intern Pamela Wilson, a New Jersey native turned proud Californian by a childhood family move, founded Scenic San Diego in early 2013. As the volunteer director of the organization, Wilson has worked diligently to promote civic beauty and fight the multi-billion dollar billboard industry in San Diego and nearby cities. Pam…

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