Communities have already been successfully combating billboard blight for many decades. With the proper knowledge and support communities have retained control of their local character. The following case studies illustrate steps taken on the local and state level in protecting scenic landscapes, as well as legal obstacles faced by citizens in their own backyards.
Vermont: Proud to be Billboard Free
In 1968, Vermont prohibited new billboards and provided an amortization period of five years to remove existing billboards. By 1974, Vermont felled its last billboard.
Billboard Control Case Study: West Virginia
Billboard operators like to portray themselves as solid citizens of corporate America. In reality, the billboard industry is a rogue industry with little respect for our communities or the environment.
Billboard Control Case Study: Montana
Three groups in Montana found strength in numbers by forming a coalition, SAVE Scenic Montana. The coalition succeeded in getting a state law enacted in 1995 that significantly reduces billboard blight in Montana.
A History of Billboards in Washington, D.C.
In 1931 Congress banned new billboards in the District, conferring “grandfather” rights on then-existing billboards, of which some still exist. Despite the ban, the District has been allowed to become littered over the years with additional, unauthorized billboards of all sizes and configurations.
San Francisco Voters Reject Sign District
The voters of San Francisco have rejected a proposal to create a sign district along one of their most historic corridors. The efforts of San Francisco Beautifulwere essential in defeating Prop D, which would have allowed large digital signs along a stretch of Market Street. Voters also embraced Prop E, which will prohibit additional advertising on public spaces in San Francisco.