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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Our beautiful landscapes are littered with consumerism and commercialism. Preserve our natural resources.
Sun Dec 07 00:37:22 EST 2014
John Taylor Jr
Panama City Beach,
Mon Oct 13 14:07:21 EDT 2014
Yuan Hao Wong
Ads everywhere. But also data!
Wed Oct 08 14:52:49 EDT 2014
Mon Sep 29 11:18:38 EDT 2014
In the SE TN, N Ga areas around these areas of Native American historic Red Clay State park, and areas around it such as Apsion, E. Brainerd, E. Hamilton, Summit, Collegedale, Ooltewah, Harrison Bay State More....park area, White Oak mtn and other mtns/ridges/hills, McDonald, Lebanon, Blue Springs Black Fox, Flint Springs, and into areas such as Cohutta, Cherokee Valley GA, and areas around these are still having problems with forced annexation, via ex/sub/urbanization, real estate development inappropriate for these areas, and commercialism, big business,etc. moving in on these areas, which have long been known to be Native American historic areas, backwoods, scenic and ecotourism rural and farming areas and landscapes. These areas "network" of roads/trails/paths are also very historic also, are part of the Trail of Tears, protected by American Trails Act, part of Great American Indian War path, DeSotos' route(McDonald), part of Natchez Trace Trail, National Scenic Applachian Trail, and more. These landscapes, forests,etc, should be protected against the envirotakeovers that are STILL going on in and around these areas. These areas might benefit from permanent publically aknowledged protections of the National Park Service(under the correct program,ie Rural heritage program)NAtional Forest Service,(allowing for some private ownership in rural areas), and USDA/OTR. These are ancient Sacred Council ground areas, which are being slowly taken over for ex/sub/urbanization, rezoning away from being natural, quiet, backwoods areas, but these areas have long been used for ecotourism. Some other areas in the region have already gone to court to get out of being annexed into being part of Chattanooga Metro and other kinds of urbanizing activities. These areas DO NOT need to be commercialized, or given over to realestate developments, big business, and/or water capitalists stealing the waters underground for their own profit. These under/above ground waters should be seen as part of the landmark Blue Hole Springs whether directly part of it, or not as it is all part of the same intricate geological system of these areas. There are Federal/State and other (international) laws protecting these areas, but are not used (or under used) by anyone,etc. These areas also have endangered/migratory/threatened species such as black bear, wolves/coyotes, dragonflies, damselflies, bats, bog turtles, salamanders, sandhill/whooping cranes, bobwhites, bald eagles, mussels, clams, sturgeon and more, with the waters underground are feeding i nto other river systems which have endangered/threatened/migratory species of their own. These areas need more help to be conserved/preserved, and in some areas "rewilded". We need more nonelitests, strongly adversarial to rightwinger, pro-water democracy, NewDEAL democrats to help with these needs not oppress them further.
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Sun Jul 20 10:55:35 EDT 2014
Our aesthetic and moral values are assaulted by billboards. In Sandy Springs there's a billboard showing a closeup of a woman's breasts in a pretty lacy expensive looking push up bra...an ad for a shop0 More....at Perimeter Mall. We're all overstimulated all the time, and so are our kids.
Sun Jun 15 18:27:56 EDT 2014
John Michael Brennan
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JOHN C. RUSSO
Sat Jul 06 14:18:49 EDT 2013
Sun Jun 16 09:00:12 EDT 2013
The commercial signs are distracting & ugly.
Mon May 20 19:10:53 EDT 2013
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Thu May 02 21:09:17 EDT 2013
The bombardment of ads on city transit buses in the town I'm from, Spokane WA, and in the city my brother lives in, Richland, WA is overwhelming. If they were putting up public service announcements that More....encouraged healthier lifestyle choices (quitting smoking and healthy eating) it wouldn't be great but I would feel better about them being there. As it is, it's just hucksterism.
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