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Jun. 20, 2011 at 7:17am

Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap! (Part 5)

As has already been mentioned this Clear Channel billboard along 6th Ave. is not only derelict in and of itself but is now a prime surface for tagging as well.

Anyone getting tired of these yet? Mayor Strickland and City Council: I'm getting tired of how easy it is for Clear Channel to leave these walls of blight around Tacoma. It's time to shore up our city sign code, get rid of non-conforming billboards, and prevent digital billboards from ever rising up above Tacoma's citizens.

4/21/2011 - Part 1
6/15/2011 - Part 2
6/16/2011 - Part 3
6/17/2011 - Part 4

comments [17]  |  posted under billboards, blight, clear channel, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 6/20/2011 @ 8:01am
report them to tacoma safe and clean

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/20/2011 @ 8:49am
MNN Special Report

Truth is stranger than fiction. In the urban port city of Tacoma, Washington a digital contingent of billboard opponents has relentlessly voiced its warning that billboards distract people and therefore billboards are detrimental to society.

In response, the pro-billboard alliance has virtually dismissed its opponents as regressive iconoclasts who have reanimated Amish family values.

But recently a Tacoma photographer captured proof of the power of billboards to distract. Local vandals armed with aerosol paint supposedly enroute to deface private property, were apparently stopped in their tracks while passing a low building-mounted billboard. Evidently disoriented, the vandals proceeded to paint unintelligible markings on the unguarded sign.

Careful inspection of the photograph reveals that prior vandals had painted the building brickwork; but this new development supports the warnings propounded about the evolving sinister nature of billboards.

---Mofo from the Hood works as a staff writer for the Mofo News Network and submitted this article unsolicited.

by NineInchNachos on 6/20/2011 @ 9:40am
why can't they do that when there's an ad there too?

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/20/2011 @ 11:40am
My first impression of that tagging was that it was done by vandals with low self worth. I mean how risky is it to tag a blank billboard?

More likely the tagging was produced by political correct vandals. They probably debated amongst themselves beforehand the probable justification for their personal expression. The legitimacy of their act with its psuedo-scientific basis authorizes their behavior as an attribute that they were born with---Who would choose the vandal lifestyle?

But if in this scenario the vandals are the victims then what are we to do about the environmental context that confuses and oppresses them, and distracts the public from the urgency to acknowledge and more so convert to their vandalic condition, deviant or not? Quite simply we must make laws to punish vandalphobic billboard advocates who crowd the intellectual marketplace with ideas about the good life that consumerism promises.

But let's remember, when laws are made to punish vandalphobes, in the name of civil rights equality, everybody is punished equally.

by Erik on 6/20/2011 @ 12:02pm
Great work Kevin. Your photographs are a great documentary of the significant negative impact these billboards are having on the overall look of the city.

Little wonder Tacoma is perceived so negatively by visitors to the the city as locals often become acclimated to this level of blight.

by KevinFreitas on 6/20/2011 @ 12:32pm
Thx @Erik. More to come! (unfortunately for Tacoma's image and Clear Channel's chances to convince us they have our best interests in mind)

by Erik on 6/20/2011 @ 3:46pm
I just received this from the City of Tacoma:


I just received this from the city re: the billboard moratorium:

Recipients of Planning Commission Mailings,

Billboard Moratorium will be the subject of the City Council public hearing schedule for Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at approximately 5:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers, Tacoma Municipal Building.

The City Council has reviewed the Planning Commission’s recommendations on the matter, and is seeking public input on whether the moratorium, enacted on May 17, 2011 per Ordinance No. 27982, should be preserved or withdrawn and, if preserved, whether it should be modified. Potential modifications could include things such as the appropriate duration of the moratorium or the extent of its control.

Attached is the notice for the public hearing. For more information, such as Ordinance No. 27982 and the Planning Commission’s recommendations, please visit www.cityoftacoma.org/Planning and click on “Billboard Moratorium.”


Lihuang Wung
Community and Economic Development Department
747 Market Street, Room 1036
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 591-5682

by Erik on 6/20/2011 @ 7:36pm
In preparation for Part 5, here are two blight on blight billboards on 11th and J on Hilltop:

This billboard is thwarting construction on Hilltop being located right on a building lot.

An empty frame remains of a billboard.


by Mofo from the Hood on 6/20/2011 @ 9:48pm
The initial photo with the brick building supporting two kinds of signs is a good example of the problem of deciding what's right for people through a democratic process.

On that parcel of land on 6th Avenue, there occurred many years ago a gathering of people who constructed a brick building. The land upon which the building was constructed belonged to a private citizen who exercised his rights as a property owner. The conditions of commericial property ownership allow for outside signage attached to the building.

But where did the property owner get his rights? Not by a democratic process. He got his rights from a representative coalition that operates by expediency through temporary alliances.

The majority of people are not property owners. So why should the majority of people care about giving rights to a minority of property owners? How do most people benefit from allowing a sign that says H&R Block?

Likewise, getting to some point of certainty about the truth of billboards is not a matter of accumulating evidence of their existence and then forming a theory of cause and effect regarding the progress of society.

As I've attempted to show by my postings, a democratic solution to the problem would need to take into account all the possible interpretations of what a sign is and furthermore how to properly categorize it.

We need to examine the meaning behind the sign. These symbols represent to the senses a form of authority, legitimate or otherwise, that mystifies and offends a segment of the population.

We must be free to inquire about the truth of signage. Reverence for the truth protects freedom of thought.

Can we risk the tyranny of a democratic authority which decides what signs and opinions the public shall be free to read?

by NineInchNachos on 6/20/2011 @ 10:36pm
In 2004 Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht coined the term "solastalgia." It was his way of describing the combination of grief and longing people feel when a place they love has been damaged. He tells Anne Strainchamps when he first began to notice the phenomenon, about ten years ago. Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders understands the feeling. He worries that most of America is becoming the same. He tells Steve Paulson that the best way to fight the homogenization of America is to reclaim its particularity.


by SJDisco on 6/23/2011 @ 7:58am
This has been there for over a month. My business is right next door and we have reported it. it's still there. Taggers used to tag the brick on this building. now they have a canvas to use. There has been a rash of Tagging along 6th and I report them if I don't see they are cleaned up in 2 or so days.

Tired of looking at it. It takes away from all that we are trying to do on 6th Ave an make it more beautiful. I guess I should report it again.

by cisserosmiley on 6/23/2011 @ 8:33am
we should treat the trashy billboards like tagging, when we remove tagging asap it is more likely to not return...let it sit and more is usually added - you have to agree with the mayor when she said we are neither las vegas or mayberry - undoubtedly because those cities would never allow such crap to happen

by NineInchNachos on 6/23/2011 @ 8:49am
DIY Tacoma Cares !

by KevinFreitas on 6/23/2011 @ 9:33am
I'm in re: DIY Tacoma Cares! That billboard could easily be removed. We can take it down and drop it on Olivia Lippens doorstep with a sign (on a sign, how ironic) that reads "Clean up your crap"

by KevinFreitas on 6/23/2011 @ 9:38am
Or, and even more ironic, let's take a picture of that brick wall, print it out, and wheat paste it to the billboard. That would truly put the "clear" in that Clear Channel monstrosity. A little DIY Tacoma Cares meets the would/could-be attitude of David Boe's Imagine Tacoma. "What If This Clear Channel Billboard Were Clear?"

by NineInchNachos on 6/23/2011 @ 9:45am
like the transparent monitor trick! brilliant!

by jenyum on 6/30/2011 @ 8:47pm
This billboard now has a new sign, I believe it is also a public service announcement.


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


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