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Billboard blight in Northeast Tacoma

Post by David Seago on Sep. 27, 2007 at 1:59 pm with No Comments »
September 27, 2007 1:59 pm

Northeast Tacoma residents must be seething about this billboard that popped up recently at the corner of Norpoint Way and 29th Street Northeast.

I just about fell out of my car when I first saw it. The sign, mounted on a big pylon only a few feet from the streetcorner, all but slaps you in the face as you drive up the hill on Norpoint Way. I hate billboards in general, but this one is the most offensively located billboard I’ve ever seen.

The billboard stands on the property of an Indian-owned smokeshop. It was put up by Fourpoints Communications, a Kent-based company that specializes in putting up billboards on Indian-owned trust lands Fourpoints claims to be helping Native Americans diversify their income; of course, the company’s share of the revenue is purely incidental.

The same company is fighting the City of Puyallup, which has ordered removal of a large billboard along River Road. The site is owned by Ed Comenout, a Quinault who contends city zoning laws don’t apply to Indian-owned property held in trust by the federal government. A hearing examiner’s decision is due in January, but that surely won’t be the last of it.

I’ll alert the newsroom to a possible story. If you know more, post it here. I have an e-mail in to Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey, who represents Northeast Tacoma.

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