Tacoma Urbanist

Jun. 22, 2011 at 12:01am

News Tribune Letter: "Ban all digital billboards"

Hitting the issue on the head, here is a letter published in the News Tribune Letter to the Editor:

"TACOMA: Ban all digital billboards"

Susan Cruise, Tacoma

Published June 20, 2011  

Tacoma is poised at a crossroads in its renaissance and economic development. Will Tacoma soar with its unique vistas of Mount Rainier and charming, sometimes quirky historic architecture? Or will Tacoma be marred with urban blight from digital billboards?

The decision that the City Council will be making to ban or allow digital billboards will affect Tacoma for years. If Clear Channel Outdoors, a nonlocal sign company, has its way digital billboards will denigrate Tacomas beauty and reverse its economic progress.

I urge the mayor and the City Council to listen to the people who elected them. Digital billboards are not aesthetically pleasing as Mayor Marilyn Strickland says.

While I gather signatures on a petition to oppose digital billboards, people routinely tell me that digital billboards create visual blight and cause distraction when driving. Strickland and the City Council need to ban digital billboards in their entirety, show backbone and enforce Tacomas 1997 ordinance that requires removal of 193 nonconforming billboards.



For more information on the issue, see the Central Neighborhood web site

Will the Tacoma City Council stand up for the quality of life in the city or succumb to the threat of digital billboard or fail to act like West St. Paul, MN did?

comments [2]  |  posted under tacoma


by CaptainBritton on 6/22/2011 @ 2:23pm


by Erik on 6/23/2011 @ 12:44am
Thanks for the post CaptainBritton.

Here is the protest that Turn out the Light has set up right before the final public hearing on the billboard issue:


Protest against the threat of Digital Billboards in Tacoma

Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street

Tuesday, July 19 ยท 4:00pm - 7:00pm

We will protest the threat of Digital Billboards in Tacoma, and have a chance to comment Publicly to the City Council at 5:30PM...Bring a sign! Wear a T-shirt (Citizens Matter), Dress up as a zombie, or as a digital billboard! Let's let the City Council know we care about Tacoma's skyline!