Ads could appear on City Hall if councilman’s plan prevails

Advertising on Philadelphia City Hall? That could be the upshot of a new proposal from one of City Council’s most powerful members.

Councilman Darrell Clarke says he has spoken to companies who do advertising on municipal property.

“In this particular case, we have crafted legislation that would tastefully craft regulations authorized by the planning commission on content because the big concern about some of the advertisement both public and private is content,” Clarke said.

When asked where the advertising might go, Clarke pointed to the most recognizable building in the Philadelphia: City Hall.

“Some people might say that’s not a good idea,” he said. “But, if tastefully done, you would want to look at a place where you have the largest number of individuals viewing such a facility.”

This was one of two bills just introduced by Clarke. Neither will be passed in the waning days of this council’s term, but they might foreshadow Clarke’s agenda when the new council is sworn in next month.

The other bill would set up development districts to promote both commercial and residential districts.

Clarke expects to reintroduce both bills next year.

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