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Scenic Conservation Advocates Gather in Nashville for 2022 Scenic Symposium

Approximately 100 scenic conservation experts, enthusiasts, and volunteers gathered at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville October 19-21 for the 2022 Scenic Symposium, co-hosted by Scenic America and its Scenic Tennessee chapter. The event attracted attendees from 17 states, including representatives of Scenic America chapters and affiliates, government and city planners, historic preservationists, researchers, students,…

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Blue Space: How Water Features Improve Our Cities and Lives

What Is Blue Space? Blue space refers to visible water features, in much the same way that green space refers to visible greenery. Both natural and man-made water features count as blue space. Examples of blue space, therefore, include the sea, rivers and streams, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, pools, and more. Why Is Blue Space Important?…

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America’s Most Haunted Towns

5 Most Haunted Towns in the US With its unique blend of cultural influences, dark history, voodoo practices, ancient churches and graveyards, and eerie, centuries-old oaks looming over it all, New Orleans has been described as “a perfect elixir for the spirit world.” Haunted locations include Faulkner House Books, Old Absinthe House, and the St….

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National #BatWeek Raises Awareness of the Impacts of Digital Billboards on Nocturnal Creatures

Scenic America is celebrating #BatWeek, October 24-31 by taking a closer look at these fascinating creatures and how we can better protect them and their habitats by limiting light pollution—particularly the light pollution caused by digital billboards.   Research suggests that artificial light can have a negative impact on nocturnal creatures, such as bats, that…

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LA Metro TCN Program Proposed Locations

Freeway-Facing Billboards Sign ID Location sq ft per digital display (no. of digital display faces per TCN structure) display height (ft) display width (ft) Sign height from grade (ft) FF-1 US-101 North Lanes at Union Station 1,200 (1) 30 40 40 FF-2 US-101 South Lanes at Center Street 672 (2) 14 48 72 FF-3 US-101…

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Los Angeles Sign Ordinance

Upon direction from the City Council in 2009 and input from the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight (now Scenic Los Angeles), the City Planning Department prepared a revised Sign Ordinance that would restrict new off-site signs to special sign districts within the 22 areas of the City zoned for high-intensity commercial use.  Subsequent amendments called…

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Scenic Los Angeles: “IKE” Interactive Kiosk Experience

Presented as a way to assist tourists in navigating LA, the “IKE” Interactive Kiosk Experience is a program that calls for HUNDREDS of digital ad structures on our city sidewalks. This program could best be described as the “Son of STAP,” because the Tourism and Convention Board entered into a Letter of Intent to launch this…

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Scenic LA: METRO Transit Communications Program Update

ACTION ALERT:  Comments are currently being solicited by Metro in response to their issuance of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).  Comment deadline is Oct. 24, 5 pm. Click here to generate your public comment, which will be emailed to Metro as well as the City Clerk. You can also submit comments directly to:  tcn@metro.net…

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STAP Street Furniture Program Update

On September 20, the LA City Council approved the deeply flawed STAP program and contract with Tranzito-Vector. Despite widespread public objections, the Council voted 12-1 to approve the contract. While we are disappointed with the outcome, we want to let you know that Scenic LA members’ actions made a difference. ·        During…

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We’re Opening the Denham Trail!

We’re opening a second greenspace with our restoration partnership – the Denham Trail, in Fineview.

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