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Billboards Should Be Outlawed

Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,047
In most states you see a commercial every mile. Or worse. How many more billboards can we tolerate? Lady Bird Johnson, where are you now that we need you?

Anyone up for a Ro-AD Trip?

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,810
    But I'm pretty sure that a lot of people haven't heard of the concept of advertising clutter!

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,047
    They are banned in Alaska - all you get are the little blue directional signs, except on the actual business property.

    Of course, Alaska is more beautiful than anywhere else, right?

    Here's a good synopsis of existing federal law from a scenic group in South Carolina.
  • wlbrown9wlbrown9 Posts: 837
    Not banned in Tennessee. Billboard companies tend to lobby the folks in goverment pretty well. Now we are starting to get electronic billboards. I think we need to remove most if not all the old billboards and not allow new ones. But I don't think that is going to happen.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,047
    Not banned in Tennessee

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,810
    They're a pretty neat idea ignoring the clutter. Makes it really easy to change advertisers, must be easier/cheaper than having to print things up and send a crew out to paste them up.

    PFFlyer@Edmunds

    Moderator - Hatchbacks & Hybrid Vehicles

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Vermont has similar billboard laws. There aren't any. There are small directional signs and that's pretty much it. I keep thinking 20 below and snow might not be that bad...
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I don't mind putting the ads on the sides of barns - at least to an extent.

    The electronic ones are the most distracting of all. Could definitely do without.

    There has been a real thinning of the herd down here at the Jersey shore and Pinelands. We used to have Burma Shave signs when I was a kid. Those were fun.

    A thing that will never

    Come to pass

    Is a back seat driver

    Out of gas

    Burma Shave.
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    is what billboard advertisement is. Selling out the scenery and beauty of our cities and highways for a couple bucks... absolutely ridiculous. If you had never grown up with billboards in your city, and just happened to stumble upon them one day in your travels... what would you think? Corporate ghetto greed at its worse! :sick:
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    but not banned, that's how we do it New Hampshire and it works pretty well. There's plenty of nice unspoiled scenery to look at but free speech (which BBs are a form of) is preserved.

    I spent my college years going up the Quickway (NY 17) thru the Catskills and enjoyed the signs for Borscht Belt attractions like Grossinger's and Kutscher's, not to mention those now iconic Burma Shave signs.. :shades:
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    There's plenty of nice unspoiled scenery to look at but free speech (which BBs are a form of) is preserved

    Regulated how? One billboard per 1,000 feet instead of every 500 feet?

    This billboard stuff is kind of like the smoking issue. Why deprive me my right to a clean unobstructed view just because you enjoy looking at Burma Shave signs? Can't you tear off a Burma Shave advertisement from a magazine and take it with you on your trips?

    Billboards are only a form of free speech if you let whoever advertise on them that wants to. That's why you get plenty of "Joes Porn Shop 500 feet a head"... and "Trixies Gentlemens Club", with a large pair of breasts sillohetted in the background. :sick:

    BOOO Billboards!!! BOOOOOOOOOO!
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    If you don't like billboards, don't look at them and "profit" is not a four letter word.

    One of my favorite billboards: "ANNOY A LIBERAL" ;)
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Andy - doesn't Vermont outlaw billboards?

    I realize that living in New Hampshire as you do may preclude you from visiting Vermont on the principle of the thing...
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    If you don't like billboards, don't look at them and "profit" is not a four letter word

    I don't. Why on earth would I want to look at some ugly billboard? I watch t.v and read magazines... come here to Edmunds to catch all my advertising needs. It is a choice. Driving without having to look at these fugly monstrosities is not a reasonable choice. What I want to see is the unobstructed view that they are blocking.

    Business profits from billboard advertising is minuscule. Like any other form of "clutter", billboards decreases the aesthetic value of the surrounding land. They aren't needed, nor wanted by the vast majority of people.

    My favorite billboard would be the one stuck in your backyard. ;)
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    Nobody buys a product, service, or idea that is not advertised. Billboards profits to businesses trump the Liberal's "aesthetic value" argument. Advertising including billboards is part of the American tradition and landscape.

    The most valuable billboard is one standing alone without any others to compete with for your attention. I would not advertise in a forest of billboards.

    Sales from billboards are not miniscule, but significant. Just ask McDonalds. ;)
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    Nobody buys a product, service, or idea that is not advertised

    Don't know about you... but I buy products all the time that aren't advertised on billboards. Like I noted before, company profits from billboards advertisements are minuscule compared to those from t.v, newspapers and magazines etc. Companies that advertise on billboards would hardly miss out on the slimmest of profit margin they provide. I doubt McDonalds would go under if they couldn't advertise on billboards anymore.

    Advertising including billboards is part of the American tradition and landscape.

    Some traditions are bad. Tradition use to hold that you threw your trash out of your automobile as an acceptable means to dispose of garbage. People wised up and realized this "tradition" was an wasteful/ugly one. More and more states are looking to increase the "aesthetic value" of their highways and cities. Because they realize this helps with their bottom line (tourism and growth)... not McDonalds.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,403
    Andy - doesn't Vermont outlaw billboards?

    I realize that living in New Hampshire as you do may preclude you from visiting Vermont on the principle of the thing...


    LOL-I enjoy visiting the People's Republic or Vermont.;)
    I don't know if BBs are heavily regulated there or prohibited outright. I do know there aren't very many but that's also the case (to a lesser degree) in New Hamster.

    I do know that boards are a critical component of advertising for tourist attractions and restaurants .
  • jipsterjipster Posts: 5,345
    I do know that boards are a critical component of advertising for tourist attractions and restaurants .

    The small directional signs on the side of highways are the way to go. i.e McDonalds in five miles. Rock City in 240 miles, Rock City in 239 miles etc etc, See Ruby Falls in 421 miles, See Ruby Falls in 420 miles, Oops, See Ruby City in 418 miles! This is a compromise that should meet everyones needs. Businesses and tourist attractions get their dirty capitalist profits, and us whining Liberals get the fugly billboards torn down. ;)
  • xhe518xhe518 Posts: 107
    Billboards are only a form of free speech if you let whoever advertise on them that wants to. That's why you get plenty of "Joes Porn Shop 500 feet a head"... and "Trixies Gentlemens Club", with a large pair of breasts sillohetted in the background

    I just want to know what road has Joe's Porn shop 500 feet from Trixie's Gentlemen's Club ?? LOL!
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,730
    on different roads than some here. When you close in on Vegas or State line you would think signs were their only form of advertising. As far as attracting tourists Branson seems to favor bill boards as well. But out on the highways I see very few billboards. Yes now and then one pops us to advertise Harrah's or some other place that will be hours away. Around LA you get plenty telling you where the next gentelmen's club is. Do you ever wonder how many gentelmen are there?
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305
    The little W/S in your Volvo is a blessing to you as it limits the complete array of BB's to be seen by the rest of the Americans (capitalists).

    It is Capitalism that enabled you to have your "things" of life. Be reverent and thankful as whinning doesn't get respect. ;)
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