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The Best Byways to Celebrate the Spring Season

The air is warming, flowers are blooming, and the ground is thawing. That can only mean one thing…. spring is here! What is a better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than to take a road trip to immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery? Scenic America put together this list of some of…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene offers beautiful views and embraces placemaking values Coeur D’Alene is a city located in northwest Idaho known for its beautiful lakes, the most famous being its namesake, Lake Coeur D’Alene. Home to more than 55 lakes, the Canfield Mountain Natural Area, McEuen Park, and Coeur d’Alene National Forest, this town is perfect for…

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Scenic Hero: Martha Fuller Clark

A Legacy of Scenic Service When New Hampshire state senator Martha Fuller Clark retired in 2020, she left behind a 30-year record of service as one of the state’s most ardent advocates for historic preservation and scenic conservation. While no longer serving in public office, her commitment to these causes continues today. For her accomplishments…

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Jacobs Seeks Dismissal of Neon Line Lawsuit

(Published March 2022) Scenic Nevada is awaiting a district court judge’s decision on whether its lawsuit to void a development agreement between Jacobs Entertainment and the city will move forward or be dismissed. Jacobs filed a motion on February 3 to have our case dismissed, trying to eliminate the chance for Scenic Nevada to present…

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FHWA Opens Applications for Byways Funding and Technical Assistance Grants

On March 16, the Federal Highway Administration announced that the National Scenic Byways Program 2022 Grants and Technical Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is now available. In this grant cycle, $22 million will be awarded: the $16 million allocated through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, and the additional $6 million allocated through the Consolidated…

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Congress Funds Byways in Omnibus Spending Package for the Second Year in a Row

Scenic America is pleased to announce that our advocacy efforts, bolstered by our Scenic Byways Coalition partners and Scenic Byways around the country, and led by key Members of Congress who are strong supporters of the program, succeeded in securing $6 million in dedicated funding for the National Scenic Byways Program in the FY22 Omnibus…

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Scenic Heroes: Ardis Wood

Artist, Advocate, and Preservationist is Visually Alert and Uniquely Attuned to Beauty Ardis Wood describes herself as “visually alert.” It’s a quality that she brings to her role as a long-time member of Scenic America’s board of directors and president and founder of its Scenic Chatham (Georgia) affiliate. For her unwavering dedication to preserving and…

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Billboard Update: March 2022

Victories, Setbacks, Plus New and Ongoing Concerns February brought new developments, both positive and negative, on important billboard and signage issues in Houston, San Jose, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Ohio. Victory in Houston In a win for the scenic community, on February 16 the Houston City Council voted unanimously to suspend all types of sign permits…

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Scenic America Names New Board Members

Scenic America welcomed three new members to its board of directors during its February 24 board meeting. Brent Chamberlain of Logan, UT, is an associate professor in landscape architecture and environmental planning at Utah State University. A widely published computational environmental planner, he brings deep subject matter expertise on spatial data science as it relates…

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Placemaking Spotlight: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Illinois Sister Cities Draw Students and Culture Fans to Central Illinois While Illinois may be best known for the bustling city of Chicago, another must-see community with rich history and contemporary appeal sits about 130 miles to the south. Champaign and its sister city, Urbana, are home to the University of Illinois, or simply U…

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