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Mar. 16, 2012 at 7:09am

Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap! (Part 20)

The following is photo proof that the following billboard has been festering for a year now and must, according to City code, be removed:

Taken 3/19/2011 by RR Anderson

Taken 5/18/2011 by TacomaMama

Taken 3/12/2011 by TacomaMama

This easily violates Tacoma's sign code in at least two or three ways: Visible rust, failed sign (e.g. tattered), and sign being discontinued for [well over] 90 days which itself merits it's removal at the expense of the owner.

The link below will send an email with a subject and message already written to TacomaCares@CityofTacoma.org (you can also call 253-591-5001) to report this blighted and dangerous billboard. Just sign with your name, address, and phone number at the bottom and send it off.

Email re: Blighted, Discontinued Billboard

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comments [26]  |  posted under billboards, blight, signs, tacoma


by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 7:19am
Just sent my email!

by AP on 3/16/2012 @ 7:29am
Sent mine too.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 8:11am
why does clear channel hate dogs and autistic children so much?

by CaptainBritton on 3/16/2012 @ 8:21am
The worst one in Tacoma...poor Buddy!

by jenyum on 3/16/2012 @ 8:22am
What kills me is that I can't remember a time when this double billboard showed anything other than public service ads. It's like an episode of Hoarders - why exactly does Clear Channel need these things?

by jenyum on 3/16/2012 @ 8:26am
I sent an email the other day but never received a reply. Sent another one using Kevin's link.

by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 8:28am
I'm building a mobile app/form to report violating billboards and it'll store the complaints in a local, public database as well as auto-send an email to the City. That way we'll have a citizen-accessible record of these complaints we can pull out at any time and hold the City accountable. Stay tuned...

by Jesse on 3/16/2012 @ 8:38am
"That way we'll have a citizen-accessible record of these complaints..." -- Kevin

You mean, complaints sent to city hall can be lost? =)

Also, great idea for an app. Get it together and maybe we could get a few folks to advertise it face to face downtown, at the maul, or other public places. Perhaps the TNT could do a story on it.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 8:43am
will this help? g.co/maps/yzjxa

by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 8:52am
Thanks @Jesse and @RR! I've seen that map and it'll totally help to direct people to sites that may be non-conforming for reasons other than just physical location.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 11:10am
can you believe this hog sh!t?


by cisserosmiley on 3/16/2012 @ 11:27am
It may be a genius O B 1 moment to go forward, lose millions to CC, tacoma files bankruptcy, we become 'merica's poster child for victims of corporate greed.

by Erik on 3/16/2012 @ 11:42am
Great documentation of the same billboard.

As for the litigation, the council should certainly have not signed the "settlement agreement" and it has certainly mucked up the issue.

However, Tacoma is at the place it is at and is going to have to dig its way out. The bottom line is that cities have right to completely ban digital and static billboards. Having pre existing billboards in place makes the goal take a little londer.

BTW, many of the non_conformong billboards are on City of Tacoma/utilities property. These should be removed immediately.

Also, the city should immediately cease spamming citizens with the Click ads on non conforming billboards.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 1:02pm
freaking click!

by jenyum on 3/16/2012 @ 3:17pm
Update: When I drove by at 8:50 this morning they were just about done putting up two new faces.

Apparently, all the city does is tell them they need to put up a new sign.

by jenyum on 3/16/2012 @ 3:25pm
Incidentally, the two new sign faces are once again for public services announcements, on flimsy vinyl.

by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 3:26pm
I don't think the City does at all -- I'd wager Clear Channel watches these posts. On numerous occasions a day or less after my "Clean Up Your Crap" posts the featured billboard faces are re-covered.

But that's good! It forces a company we want to abide by our laws to spend man-hours re-covering these which, as we know from their push toward digital, is expensive. So keep those reports coming!

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 3:31pm
they read these? hmm.

dear clear channel. you suck. die die die!

by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 3:41pm
Still, according to our sign code 90 days of abandonment of a sign face requires it be removed so, with the proof above, the City of Tacoma should still remove these two faces immediately.

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 3:43pm
by hook or by crook

by KevinFreitas on 3/16/2012 @ 4:07pm
And here's a bonus for everyone who hates digital and an example why they're not so cheap as Clear Channel may think to operate:

As seen along I-5 just yesterday and it was happening on every ad that was flashing by. Have fun spending $$ diagnosing and fixing that! Still think people re-skinning static billboards is worse for the bottom line? Think again!

by NineInchNachos on 3/16/2012 @ 4:23pm
looks like somebody is taking pot shots at the screen.

drive-bys on I5!

Second Amendment remedies the TEA farty likes to talk about?

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/16/2012 @ 5:34pm
Those are some mighty expensive dead pixels.

by L.S.Erhardt on 3/16/2012 @ 5:36pm
You know, I think I have an amendment to the city billboard code. ALL digital signage (even the one by the T-Dome) cannot be connected to the grid nor ran from a diesel/jet/gasoline/bunker fueled generator. They must supply their own green power via solar or wind.

by Cheechmo on 3/16/2012 @ 7:33pm
I can already see Clear Channel selling ad space on the wind turbine poles and solar panel supports.

by fredo on 3/16/2012 @ 7:45pm
If anyone finds my missing dog, Daisy, would you please contact me here @feedtacoma.com or email me at fredo_tacoma@yahoo.com. Daisy is a poodle/terrier mix, yellowish color. She was off her rope in North Tacoma on February 29. I don't mean to hi jack the thread or anything like that, but if you can provide any info about my dog I'd be so appreciative.


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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