Keep Public Spaces Free of Commercialism

Tell your stories about the sale of advertising or naming rights in your community

Faced with budget shortfalls, cities and states are offering public spaces up to corporate America’s marketers, hoping for a quick buck. Across the country, plans are in the works to sell advertising on bridges, tunnels, fire trucks, schools and just about every other type of public space. Sites that belong to the public—that embody public values and reflect shared histories—are becoming nothing more than billboards.

Even though public officials often claim that they desperately need the added revenue, these schemes rarely bring in significant revenue. For example, advertising in schools often generates just a tiny fraction of one percent of district budgets.

Is your city for sale? Is your state up for grabs to the highest bidder? Post your stories about the sale of advertising or naming rights in your community’s public spaces, such as parks, roads, bridges, schools, emergency vehicles, etc.

Once you’ve shared your story, find out how you can take action in your community to resist this dangerous trend.

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Be sure to include the name of the city, state, or other public entity to which you are referring.

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Number Date Name Location Share your story
121 Mon May 23 08:23:39 EDT 2016 Anonymous Greensboro, NC I See Ad Council Billboard.
120 Mon May 23 08:22:56 EDT 2016 Anonymous Greensboro, NC I see billboard.
119 Sun May 22 15:54:30 EDT 2016 Allan Clarke Austin, TX
118 Tue May 17 16:03:16 EDT 2016 Anonymous Cape Canaveral, FL
117 Fri May 13 04:08:18 EDT 2016 Refik Osmanovic Portland, OR
116 Tue May 10 09:19:42 EDT 2016 Robert McFarland Steubenville, OH The U.S. started the national park program, start selling the naming rights and next sell the parks. This is insane, stop this madness.
115 Wed Mar 30 11:55:59 EDT 2016 Deborah Cahill Jacksonville Beach, FL
114 Sat Mar 19 12:01:15 EDT 2016 Anonymous Cleveland, TN We need our historic areas and lands in SE TN, N GA areas such as Apison, E. Brainerd, E. Hamilton, Summit, Collegedale, Harrison Bay State park and into Ooltewah, McDonald, Lebanon, Flint Springs, Blue More....
113 Fri Mar 18 19:23:57 EDT 2016 Brandon Danaher Blue Springs, MO
112 Fri Feb 26 14:44:34 EST 2016 Rebecca Kahn Rockville, MD
111 Wed Feb 10 12:32:05 EST 2016 Jason Phelps Detroit, MI
110 Thu Jan 07 06:57:23 EST 2016 roxie schliesmann holmen, WI Holmen, Wisconsin and this whole county has been sold out by Gov Walker since 2011.. corruption at the highest level
109 Thu Nov 12 03:44:34 EST 2015 C McGee Los Angeles, CA
108 Sat Oct 31 02:37:21 EDT 2015 Anonymous Greeley, CO
107 Thu Oct 22 15:44:18 EDT 2015 Anonymous Laguna Beach, CA
106 Sun Oct 11 08:46:42 EDT 2015 Mark Sinclair eastpointe, MI
105 Fri Oct 09 15:06:32 EDT 2015 maria tapuro Los Angeles, CA Is dangerous for drivers, very distracting
104 Mon Sep 28 18:19:00 EDT 2015 Anonymous Bronx, NY
103 Wed Sep 16 22:31:01 EDT 2015 Victoria Kriete New York, NY The skyline that once was visible as you approach New York City from Long Island has been marred by advertising billboards to the extent that our great shining city cannot be seen. Please remove these More....
102 Thu Aug 27 18:43:19 EDT 2015 Richard Tonsing Sacramento, CA
101 Fri Jul 31 09:12:04 EDT 2015 West Dover West Dover, VT Advertising does not belong on public property
100 Wed Jul 29 19:44:38 EDT 2015 Jason Ross Huntington beach, CA
99 Mon Jun 22 22:30:27 EDT 2015 dennis love pinon hills, CA
98 Wed Jun 17 17:11:25 EDT 2015 Anonymous Ridgewood, NY
97 Mon Jun 15 14:56:45 EDT 2015 Anonymous Bakersfield, CA
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