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Unread 12-28-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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Default Toronto taxes billboards to pay for public art

Wish Albuquerque had the vision and leadership to do what Toronto just got accomplished: taxing billboards to fund public art.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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The city that brought you the classic car covered with bathroom tile and the hideous tricentennial towers might not be the best judge of good art.

Still, if they taxed billboards to flush money down the drain, maybe there'd be fewer ones and I wouldn't be that opposed to that.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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It's kind of hard to believe that billboards aren't taxed as they only take from a city. In ABQ they take or obscure our tremendous landscape. Ever notice how much more attractive Santa Fe looks from the road? If I'm an out of town visitor, I think much less of ABQ because of the horrific sign blight marring our beautiful vistas.
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Unread 12-28-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Belmont, MA
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Let's do what Vermont did and get rid of them completely.

Scenic America :: Vermont - Proud to be Billboard Free! (http://www.scenic.org/billboards/case_studies/vermont - broken link)
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Unread 12-29-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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But Karmathecat, what about the economic impact? I'm kidding, of course. The economic impact in the other direction would more than make up for it. Why do we give away our vistas to corporation's like Clear Channel?
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Unread 12-29-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Burque!
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The city that brought you the classic car covered with bathroom tile and the hideous tricentennial towers might not be the best judge of good art.

Still, if they taxed billboards to flush money down the drain, maybe there'd be fewer ones and I wouldn't be that opposed to that.
The car is awesome!
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Unread 12-29-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Morristown, TN
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On the other side of the coin, billboards are sometimes the only thing that keeps an area/group of businesses going. Of course, i'm looking at this from a rural standpoint. Torrance County is in the works of creating amendments and rules for future and current billboards- to prevent the catastrophic mess ala Clines Corners from happening again.
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Unread 12-29-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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Can't be much of business if it's existence is dependent on a billboard. Sorry.
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Unread 12-29-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Belmont, MA
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Plenty of small businesses in Vermont...what businesses in ABQ depend on billboard advertisement?
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Unread 12-29-2009, 06:19 PM
 
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Only Clear Channel!
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