STOP EIGHT-FOOT TALL SIDEWALK DIGITAL BILLBOARDS IN HOUSTON
Houston City Council is voting this WEDNESDAY to install kiosks with 64.5” digital displays on City rights-of-way and sidewalks. These kiosks will be 8’ tall and placed throughout the city, anywhere—museums, theaters, or simply at a busy neighborhood intersection without abutting property owner permission. Think about the public, high traffic areas in your neighborhood—that is where they will go. When not in use, which is most of the time, the kiosks will display advertising messages.
In return for cluttering our sidewalks with advertising, the City will receive an insignificant amount of advertising revenue (less than 1% of the city budget) from the billboard company, IKE/Orange Barrel Media.
The image below shows a similar sign in San Antonio.
Please join Scenic Houston in opposing the installation of these 8’ tall kiosks. Whatever small benefit they might provide certainly is not worth undoing the work that 40 years of previous mayors, city councils and scenically-minded citizens have done to keep Houston’s public spaces free of visual clutter.
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