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BILLBOARDS: Don’t allow digital blight

Letter by Angela J. Sienda, Tacoma on March 11, 2011 at 9:58 am with 3 Comments »
March 11, 2011 10:04 am

I am surprised that Clear Channel plans on placing a digital billboard on the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Division. A digital billboard at that location would be an eyesore to our community.

A digital billboard would be one of the first things that visitors would see when they exit from Sprague Avenue entering Tacoma. This would not reflect well on visitors entering this area on their way to a revitalized Sixth Avenue, hospitals and medical clinics, Wright Park and the historic Stadium District.

What does this say about our community when we let the opportunity for increased revenue impede our quality of life? Tacoma has a long history of preserving the past, and I am shocked that we would put a digital billboard near a historic area with single-family homes surrounding it.

This community has tried very hard to improve this area. In many ways we have succeeded, and I feel that this installation would attract more crime and nighttime activity.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. I have to agree with you. I don’t see this as an improvement.

    Please take the time to send your message to your brain dead representative and the planning committee.

  2. What’s that? A digital billboard will attract more crime and “nighttime activity”?
    I don’t see the link there…

    A digital billboard may not “reflect well on visitors”, but I think the ridiculous excuse for roads throughout Tacoma may have a bigger impact.

    Get it? Impact? Like the impact on your suspension when you have no choice but to drive on roads with more potholes than road?

    Now, I can see the argument for it being an eyesore-I wouldn’t want it near my house-but let’s be realistic about this. I’d love to hear a valid argument showing how it would increase crime.

  3. Haa! To answer your question “loz”…it would increase crime simply because it is placed in Tacoma! Sort of like sticking your finger in a bee hive would increase stings! :D

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