SCRUB: Race Street project on tap in council

Thursday Dec 16, 2010 at 10:30 City Hall Room 400

Council to hear public comments and vote on a six story video billboard facing motorists on Ben Franklin Bridge and local residents.

Message to Council : Amend Bill 100552-. No Jumbotrons in Old City!

Dear Friends and Members of SCRUB, Your Voice has been heard!
 Thank you so much for all your letters and communications to Philadelphia City Council. Council has reported over 200 emails and letters received on the issue of a project proposed for Old City to include a controversial full motion video billboard and live entertainment.

We believe local communities should decide:

Whether to have billboards

Where to put them
How distracting they should be

Old City businesses and residents have clearly stated that they do not want sign and use overlays lifted to allow this towering, dazzling  billboard!

A spokesman from AAA testified on Thursday that this sign would be a dangerous distraction to drivers.  Residents and taxpayers tesitified against circumventing a public interest law to accommodate a special interest developer.

Throughout the country, our most cherished scenic resources and hometown assets are being obscured by a blizzard of billboards – digital and standard – that have been put up despite local laws and local objections.Philadelphia has the laws. Do we have a city council and a mayor who will honor them?

If you have not sent a message yet please take a moment to do so now.

Send an email message to Councilmembers through this link provided by Scenic America.

View the Seven Story Woman, a video clip illustrating why St Louis is banning digital signs!

Keep the momentum going!

The second reading of bill 100552 will be heard this Thursday, Dec 16 at  10:30 This may be your last opportunity to contact Councilmembers prior to a vote by City Council. Click here to view the amendments proposed for Bill 100552. 
 Click here to contact your council person, as well as a direct link to send a message to Mayor Nutter. Ask the Mayor to veto this bill in the event that City Council errs in its passage.

Read Philadelphia Inquirer’s Digital billboards: Distraction commuters don’t need

Read and view PlanPhilly’s article about Thursday’s citizen testimonies.

Be a Public Voice for Public Space   December 16th   City Hall Room  400 10:00 AM Call the Clerk to Register 215- 686 -3410    

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