Follow the Money, and You'll Find a Billboard | KCET
Follow the Money, and You'll Find a Billboard
More than $600,000 was spent by billboard lobbyists in 2011. It's a sign of the times.
The humorist Ogden Nash famously rhymed I think I shall never see, / a billboard as lovely as a tree. / In fact unless a billboard falls, / I may never see a tree at all.. But the landscape in Los Angeles isn't the only thing you won't see unless the billboards fall, as efforts to commercialize the city's skyscape, cityscape, and even parkscape continue relentlessly.
Billboard companies see dollar signs where you might see a baseball backstop or the façade of a high-rise office building. Your unoccupied eyeballs are an asset, to be sold to the most aggressive advertiser.
City council resistance to kid-oriented advertising in city parks, more digital displays, and advertising banners hung from street lights is weakening. (Neighborhoods could apply to the recreation commission to make their playing fields "ad free" under one compromise proposal, shifting the burden to residents to get an exemption.)
The city council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee continues to flip-flop on signage issues as it drafts and redrafts a new ordinance that will likely be taken up by the entire city council in the spring of 2012. The committee's ambivalence is understandable, as activist Dennis Hathaway pointed out recently at Ban Billboard Blight:
When the re-revised and carefully loopholed sign ordinance gets to the city council, it's clear whose interests will be served. And the city's skyline will be forever changed.
Los Angeles County's public health director today said bar closures, no indoor dining, along with cooperation from residents, have combined to slow the virus' spread.
Suspended Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar pleaded not guilty today to federal charges alleging he ran a $1.5 million pay- to-play scheme in which developers were shaken down in exchange for his help getting development approvals.
Lyndon Barrois Sr.’s chess pieces depict a battle between frontline workers and first responders against the politics of the pandemic — and they’re all made of gum wrapper.
If architects and designers want to be part of the solution, we must sign on to painful work that marks a real rupture with the past.
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