It’s a wrap: Ads are a sign of the times

Pretty soon the whole city will be wrapped ads.

In his inaugural speech as City Council President early this month, Darrell Clarke promised to look for new sources of revenue and put advertising on public property front and center. Clarke said:

I’m not saying that we should put a billboard on top of Billy Penn’s hat. But if we work together, we can realize revenues to help pay for essential services, while still preserving the character of our public spaces. 

Weeks earlier, Clarke introduced a bill in City Council to authorize ads on public property. At the time, the bill was referred to the Committee on Rules, but now that it’s a new year look for this bill to be back before Council sooner than later.

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