Limit Outdoor Advertising

Friday, March 9, 2018

I have recently returned from a state where outdoor advertising is either limited or banned entirely and I can tell you that it is a pleasure to not be accosted by images of grinning attorneys and hospital advertisements as well as some of the more seedy billboards for "adult" services. 

As you drive along in these states you slowly realize that your views are unobstructed and you can pay attention to the road more easily. 

Currently four states ban billboards, Vermont, Hawaii, Maine and Alaska and I vouch that others severely limit their location, size and luminosity. 

While I know the outdoor advertising business is very powerful in Tennessee it would be nice to see the city of Chattanooga try to limit billboards, especially saturation campaign billboards for law firms that really make the city look seedy and cheap.   

Steve Petarra

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