Thursday, September 24, 2009

Reclaiming the Urban Landscape... NYC Edition

The New York Times covers the century long battle over billboards in New York City.

As the article notes, New York has had a rather restrictive ordinance over the years, but an unfortunate lack of enforcement has led to hundreds of illegal signs.

But that may soon change.

Encouragingly, the city already has begun to remove a number of billboards on city land, including some within view of the new and incredibly successful High Line trail.

And armed with a recent court decision affirming the authority of the city to strictly regulate billboards, a real possibility exists that the days of illegal billboards in New York City are numbered.

photo by Scenic America

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