Tuesday, February 3, 2009

NYT: LA Bans Supergraphic Signs

On Superbowl Sunday, the New York Times ran a story about the city of Los Angeles banning supergraphic signs that drape over the sides of buildings. (You can read it here.) Of course, I was too busy watching the seven hours of pregame coverage on NBC and ESPN to read the newspaper.

Citing fire hazard risks, the city of angels wants the gigantic bilboards to come down; however, you don't have to ask around too much to realize that many people find these signs to be obnoxious.

Is it right for the local government to cherry pick the law and get the signs down? Moreover, can a city act like a home owner's association and prevent building owners from earning revenue from the posting of bill boards?

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