Monday, March 28, 2011

Scenic Pittsburgh sues to have billboard removed

Scenic Pittsburgh has filed a lawsuit demanding that a partially completed electronic billboard atop the city's downtown transportation center be taken down.  The sign started to go up in 2008 before the city revoked the permit when it was revealed that the public process for granting variances had been subverted.

The revelations that a Lamar Outdoor executive had given gifts to Pat Ford, then executive director of the city's Urban Renewal Authority, led to much public outcry and Mr. Ford's eventual resignation.  The sign has remained uncompleted for nearly three years.  Scenic Pittsburgh says it's time for it to come down, and it seems many in the city agree.

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