The Regional Transportation Authority in Corpus Christi has agreed to remove advertising from 58 bus benches along state roadways. Scenic champion, Jack Gordy, had been arguing for 14 years that these advertisements violate the Federal Highway Beautification Act. Read more HERE
A new video looks at the efforts of the billboard industry to convert static billboards near Seattle into new digital signs that change advertisements every 6 or 8 seconds. The segment, produced by veteran videographer Ossian Or, can be viewed HERE
The tactics represent a desire by the industry to infiltrate an area that has been particularly unreceptive to the encroachment of digital billboards. Residents of nearby Tacoma protested vociferously before that city enacted a complete ban on the signs.
We’ve seen a similar effort here lately by Clear Channel in the counties surrounding Houston.
A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would completely eliminate the National Scenic Byways Program and Scenic America needs our help in opposing this legislation. The program preserves the beauty of scenic corridors, helps protect community character and provides economic opportunities in tourism and recreation.
Abolishing the National Scenic Byways Program would be devastating to the 150 distinct and diverse roads already designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation as National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads.