Jun. 27, 2011 at 7:12am
Tacoma's Dome District has picked itself up over the years and is really making something of itself. But helping set back the blight clock are rotting billboards like these that Clear Channel does mind leave fester in our neighborhoods. Our esteemed Mayor and City Council should see this and listen to the majority in Tacoma who've said they don't want illegally placed billboards to stand any longer nor ever have digital ones erected in the City of Destiny. Period.
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by fredo on 6/27/2011 @ 8:57am
|Marilyn Strickland's inattention to her job is a big impediment to the correction of these problems. We pay her $90,000 per year and she hasn't lifted a finger to address the signs. She's really stuck in the rut of being an apologist for the outdoor advertising sign industry.|
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 9:24am
|there are more torn apart marsha moody signs down 6th from It's Greek to Me|
by KevinFreitas on 6/27/2011 @ 10:42am
|@fredo: I don't agree and believe she works hard every day on many things all at once. I do agree that on this issue where more people have been outspoken than usually are with City-related issues she hasn't been echoing that well. Her statement about digital billboards being OK is a mistake that she should correct by coming out and being for an outright ban here in Tacoma.|
@RR: I'm on it! Thx for the tip!
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 10:47am
|6th inbetween its greek to me and wright park the signs can all be seen from residential areas... so extra sinister !|
by Erik on 6/27/2011 @ 11:38am
|Award winning series which I think may have inspired this line from the Tribune's editorial on Sunday:|
Come get your 193 illegal billboards and cancel any plans to erect digital signs within city limits.
Keep up the series!
by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 11:54am
|Word of Caution. We really don't know what will happen to the communications ecosphere if billboards become extinct.
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 12:05pm
|judging by the blighted state of billboards it would appear they already ARE extinct. Do the eyes in your head not see the index photo? |
It's up to the people's City Council to take out these relics of extinct walking undead
by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 12:10pm
|I'm really not concerned with all the modified billboard photos that I see in the media. |
Billboards exist. They are an objective facticity.
What I am concerned about is what might happen in the event of billboard extinction---What might fill the vacuum...
by fredo on 6/27/2011 @ 12:18pm
| "I don't agree and believe she works hard every day on many things all at once" KF
Well she needs to stop working on the less important things and start working on the billboard/billboard settlement problem. This is issue #1 and she's having trouble even expressing a point of view. She can delegate some of her other stuff so that she can get the city's number one problem fixed.
by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 12:49pm
|Look, I'm sure that billboard opponents have good intentions when they call billboards "blight;" but there's a need to point out the false assumptions of this little name game. |
If billboards are blight a.k.a. garbage, then they're blight compared to what?
Secondly, if billboards are blight/garbage then where should they be put? The Tacoma and Pierce County Landfill's are near capacity (finite & diminished natural resource).
We just don't have the knowledge or the skills to deal with a so-called blight problem of this magnitude.
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 12:58pm
|chop them down and use the metal to rebuild the kalakala. My bill for consultant is $50,000 for coming up with this idea.|
by CaptainBritton on 6/27/2011 @ 2:28pm
|I do not define blight as garbage. Blight is a disease which left untreated leaves an organism dead. This is what happens when you have an unregulated disease process.
For me, I will live under a giant digital billboard if they approve the settlement. I live and own a historic home well within 200' a currently illegal billboard, one of the worst offenders in the city, too.
The opposite of diseased and dying/blight is healthy and living. Are there many healthy, and growing buisiness located under a giant Digital billboard? How about an abandoned billboard? The reality is even one "blighted" billboard is a symptom of a larger disease here in Tacoma. One of not caring what the city looks like...
I was at Amocat talking with Urbanist the other day when a youth (not unlike the ones ya'll were bashing in your hempfest post) ran past the window at full tilt sprint. He bolted about halfway through the intersection, then suddenly stopped, 180'd and picked up somebody else's discarded beer bottle. He tossed it in the trash and then continued sprinting to wherever it was he was going...This is the opposite of "blight."
Caring about our city is the cure to our disease.
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 3:09pm
by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 3:52pm
|We've all seen photo's of places where people didn't care about the organic blight all around them---places like downtown Tacoma, 11th & Tacoma Avenue, and nearby Hilltop. But heck, if you just look above the heads of those people then you just might see a bright and cheery billboard ad.|
by NineInchNachos on 6/27/2011 @ 3:55pm
|cancer for the cure?|
by Mofo from the Hood on 6/27/2011 @ 8:26pm
|Medical Use Billboards Now!|
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.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!