Watch this space: Will City Hall sell ads?

    Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke hopes to raise money for the city by putting advertisements on City Hall next year. What do you think of his plan?

    Even though Philadelphia City Councilman Darrell Clarke’s plan to post advertisements on the face of City Hall died in this year’s final voting session, Tom MacDonald reports Clarke hopes to bring it back next year, when six new council members are sworn in.

    It comes down to finding new sources of revenue for the city, which was also the justification for Frank DiCicco’s proposal to erect an electronic billboard along the Vine Expressway in Northern Liberties. 

    Clarke says putting ads on municipal property could raise millions.

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    Is this the way to go? Tellus in the comments below.

    Clarke maintains that the ads would have been done tastefully, but representatives of the Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight are highly doubtful. SCRUB also fought against DiCicco bill.

    Do you think this sort of thing can be done tastefully?

    Would ads on municipal buildings put government under the influence of the highest bidder?

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