Seguin getting tougher on electronic signs

SEGUIN – The Main Street Advisory Board voted Monday to recommend additions to the city’s ordinance regulating electronic signs in the Downtown Historic District.

While the citywide ordinance regulating electronic signs requires them to be monument signs except along Interstate 10, the recommended addition for the ordinance regulating signs in the Downtown Historic District says: “The components or sections of a monument sign shall not contain an electronic sign.”

The recommended additions to the sign ordinance also are more restrictive regarding the size of electronic signs. Such signs are limited to 32 square feet citywide except for 100 square feet along Interstate 10.

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New study shows billboards hurt nearby property values

photo of beyond aesthetics research report coverScenic America has released a new study shows that billboards negatively affect the values of neighboring properties.  The study also found that cities with strict billboard controls are experiencing greater economic prosperity than those with controls that are less strict.

The report, “Beyond Aesthetics: How Billboards Affect Economic Prosperity,” by urban planner Jonathan Snyder, is believed to be the first study on the economic impacts of billboards on nearby real estate value.  Download the study How Billboards Affect Economic Prosperity.

Snyder found that in Philadelphia there is a correlation between a home’s value and its proximity to billboards.  He found that homes within 500 feet of a billboard are worth $30,826 less on average at the time of sale than those properties further away from billboards.  The study also found that each additional billboard within a census tract resulted in a decrease in home values of nearly $1,000.

Additionally, Snyder performed a survey of billboard controls and economic prosperity in 20 cities across the United States.  His report found that cities with stricter billboard controls have greater median incomes, lower poverty rates and lower home vacancy rates than city with less strict billboard controls.

Snyder is an urban planner from Philadelphia with a Master in City Planning degree and a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Pennsylvania.  His research was generously support by a grant from the Samuel S. Fels Fund (http://samfels.org/).

Scenic Houston chooses a new logo

The Scenic Houston board of directors has chosen a new logo design for Scenic Houston that mimics the Scenic America logo.  The new design is being fanned out across all U.S. affiliates and Scenic Houston is one of the first to adopt the new logo.

The new “type only” style allows for the logo to be used by Scenic America affiliates across the country and the new logo is expected to reinforce the mission of Scenic Houston, to preserve and enhance the visual character of Houston.

Scenic Texas has also adopted its version of this new logo.

The old Scenic Houston logo:

Old Scenic Houston logo

 

 

 

 

The new Scenic Houston logo:

New Scenic Houston logo

 

 

 

The new Scenic America logo:

Scenic America logo

 

 

 

The new Scenic Texas logo:

Scenic Texas logo