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Old 07-09-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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What are the billboard/outdoor advertising regulations like in your city and state?

A few days ago I was talking to a out of state visitor to the Seattle area and he made the comment that it was nice that we did not have as many billboards along our highways as Texas where he is from.

I've also noticed this...compared to many areas of the country we do not have a lot of billboards and outdoor advertising.

What is it like in your area, and how do you feel about the subject?

Here in Washington we have very strict laws regulating billboards and other outdoor advertising.

Our regulations read in part:

RCW 47.42.040 Permissible signs classified. It is
declared to be the policy of the state that no signs which
are visible from the main traveled way of the interstate
system, primary system, or scenic system shall be erected
or maintained except the following types:
(1) Directional or other official signs or notices that are
required or authorized by law;
(2) Signs advertising the sale or lease of the property
upon which they are located;
(3) Signs advertising activities conducted on the
property on which they are located;
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:41 PM
 
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No idea what the regulations are but I was in Massachusetts once, near the Boston area, and they have billboards that change. One second it will be for a car dealership, the next it is advertising houses for sale. I have never seen anything like that before.

I live in Central Jersey and there are pretty much billboards on every highway every drive of the way.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: NJ
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No idea what the regulations are but I was in Massachusetts once, near the Boston area, and they have billboards that change. One second it will be for a car dealership, the next it is advertising houses for sale. I have never seen anything like that before.

I live in Central Jersey and there are pretty much billboards on every highway every drive of the way.

funny, i live in Jersey and was going to say we don't have near as many billboards as I've seen in my travels. florida has a lot, as does texas. there are tons on rt 95 from FL up through Virginia - I get a kick out of "Jesus Loves You" next to an "Uncle Johnnie's Adult Toys and Books" billboard you see in GA, SC and NC. LOL
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:51 PM
 
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It was pretty jarring coming from the Seattle area where there aren't really many billboards on the interstate, driving through Utah and Arizona there were tons of religious billboards, it really surprised me.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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Really? I always thought we had a lot of billboards. I am going to Florida in November so I will have to see how many billboards they have compared to us.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:56 PM
 
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I'm not sure about regulations, but some billboards in Southern California are made of really bright digital screens. I can't believe this passed regulations because, at nighttime, while the ones in busy commercial areas blend in fine, the ones on the side of darker freeways almost blind my eyes, and I think can become a dangerous distraction.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Grew up in Michigan where there used to be a LOT more billboards than there are now it seems, then moved to Maine which doesn't allow 99% of them. Sounds about like the restrictions Washington state has so it works out well. After living there for a long time anyplace seems over run with them (then again 1 or 2 every 10 miles seems over run now). Back home to Michigan, and while they are here in force, there doesn't seem to be as many as before. Not nearly one popping up at every single scenic spot along the highways anymore like it had been getting to.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:08 PM
 
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I'm not sure about regulations, but some billboards in Southern California are made of really bright digital screens. I can't believe this passed regulations because, at nighttime, while the ones in busy commercial areas blend in fine, the ones on the side of darker freeways almost blind my eyes, and I think can become a dangerous distraction.

I'm starting to see those popping up in Oregon too. On Commercial Blvd. (it figures) in Salem, there are a couple that have been installed. Big ones too. They can be pretty bright, especially at night and depending on the colors used. The ones with a lot of white or yellow are the ones that really glare.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Scranton has a lot of white-trash billboards lining just about every roadside. We have billboards for alcohol, cigarettes, gentlemens' clubs, massage parlors, the lottery, community colleges, and casinos. We also have those high-tech changing LED display ones as well. What eyesores!
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