Expert says gateways, community character are key drivers of tourism

A new article in Virginia Town & City Magazine says that communities looking to attract responsible, sustainable tourism should focus on their character and authenticity, and that the appearance of the gateways leading into those communities is just as important. Edward T. McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute and former president of Scenic America, said:…

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Scenic America gives Long View awards for Newport gateway project

Scenic America recently presented its “Taking the Long View” award to two civil servants for their roles in helping to beautify a key gateway from the Pell Bridge into the city of Newport, Rhode Island. Scott Wheeler, the city’s Tree Warden, and Eric Offenberg, Director of Engineering at the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority…

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Reception marks 25 years of National Scenic Byways Program

More than 100 supporters of scenic byways gathered at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington on December 6 to honor the 25th anniversary of the passage of transportation legislation that created the National Scenic Byway Program. Scenic America co-hosted the reception with the National Scenic Byway Foundation and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Scenic…

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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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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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