Recent discussions about billboards (off-premise signs) miss several aspects.
Communities without billboards are safer, more attractive, livable and prosperous. Legitimate businesses compete by the values of their goods and services rather than by off-premise advertising. Only sign fabricators, depressed landowners, predatory businesses and their lobbyists benefit from billboards.
Billboards are classic parasites. They “live off” our highways, distracting motorists and denigrating our environment – while contributing nothing to constructing, maintaining or beautification of our highways. They’re like poison ivy sucking the life blood from oak trees.
Billboard owners are hypocrites. One of the largest billboard owners resided in a city …