Scenic America remembers Marion Fuller Brown

Scenic America is remembering one of our founders, Marion Fuller Brown, who passed away recently at the age of 94, at her beloved home on Ram’s Head Farm in York, Maine. Brown was the driving force behind the passage of a 1977 law that led to the elimination of billboards in Maine.  The last billboard…

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Scenic Visionary Awards go to producers of This Space Available

Scenic America President Mary Tracy presented the International Scenic Visionary Award to the director and producer of This Space Available, the groundbreaking documentary film on visual pollution, at a recent special screening of the movie in Washington, D.C. The film, which debuted at the DOC NYC festival in November and has been making the rounds…

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Scenic America reviews Reed v. Gilbert’s impact on billboard regulation

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Reed v. Gilbert, Scenic America has received numerous inquiries from citizens, community organizations and public officials concerned about the ruling’s potential impacts on billboard regulation. In response, Scenic America’s volunteer legal committee has produced a report on Reed’s implications for billboard regulation. The upshot is…

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New sign ordinance in Knoxville, TN will mean a more scenic city

The city of Knoxville, Tenn. has passed a new ordinance for regulating on-premise signs that will result in a much more scenic city in coming years.  The new rules are the result of four years of work and negotiations between city, community and business leaders, the sign industry and local scenic supporters led by Scenic…

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Lawmakers move to revive National Scenic Byways Program

America’s scenic roadways got a major boost in Congress on February 6 as the House of Representatives passed a bill to restart the dormant National Scenic Byways Program, while companion legislation was introduced in the Senate. “We are thrilled with Congress’ support for scenic byways,” said Mark Falzone, president of Scenic America. “The National Scenic…

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Middletown, Rhode Island receives award for removing billboards

Scenic America has presented town officials in Middletown, Rhode Island with an award for “Excellence in Leadership” for removing billboards along one of the main gateway roads into the town.  (Click here to watch video of the award presentation). The removal of East Main Road billboards (seen at right in before/after photos) came earlier this…

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