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Hilton Head Island project puts overhead power lines underground

One of the most inspiring and forward-looking municipal improvement projects in the country is currently underway in the Town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where crews are more than halfway through a 15-year project to put overhead power lines underground.  The effort is the result of a 2004 Town ordinance requiring the conversion of…

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After latest flap, state takes control of Philadelphia’s outdoor advertising

Shortly after the Philadelphia City Council signed off on plans for giant digital advertising displays on downtown city streets, Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has revoked the city’s right to control outdoor advertising in commercial areas. Many large cities in the United States have certification from their state Departments of Transportation to control outdoor advertising in…

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Oceanside City Council votes down digital billboards

Another southern California city has rejected a proposal to allow digital billboards on public property.   Scenic advocates and local residents persuaded the Oceanside City Council to vote down a first-ever digital billboard in the city.  The billboard would have gone up on public property on busy California State Route 78.  The victory for the…

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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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Mount Laurel, NJ receives Stafford Award for winning billboard battle

Scenic America has presented its Stafford Award to Mayor Linda Bobo and the citizens of Mount Laurel for their successful years-long effort to prohibit billboards in the township. The Award was presented at the Township Council meeting on April 22, 2013 by Scenic America President Mary Tracy and Board Member Carl E. Hintz.  The presentation…

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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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