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BILLBOARDS: Ban digital signs in Tacoma

Letter by Britton A. Sukys, Tacoma on March 11, 2011 at 10:42 am with No Comments »
March 11, 2011 1:10 pm

The Tacoma City Council has struck a deal with Clear Channel to swap out some old billboards for several high-impact digital billboards to be installed throughout the city.

This is not a deal the council should have made for the populace of Tacoma.

One of the proposed billboards would be placed at the Intersection of Sixth Avenue and Division, directly across the street from my 1922 Historic District home, the Gray Gables building. It is in the immediate view of two churches and Jason Lee Middle Cchool.

This billboard would glow directly into our bedroom windows and would severely impact my family’s quality of life, our property value and our ability to sell the property in the future. Who wants to be by a home on Times Square?

I don’t think it’s enough to simply move these from one area to another either. No citizen should be assaulted by the light pollution and buzz that these monsters create. Just drive through Fife and imagine that sign in your front yard! What good would a simple yardage restriction do on something designed to be seen for dozens of miles?

It is not too late. The City Council must reject this entire proposal and ban digital billboards citywide. Let’s not give away our shared skyline to the Clear Channel corporation.

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