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.
Add your story below
Be sure to include the name of the city, state, or other public entity to which you are referring.
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Share your story|
|138||Thu Dec 29 13:46:22 EST 2016||Ronald McKenzie||Aptos , CA|
|137||Fri Dec 02 13:45:34 EST 2016||jodi rodar||Pelham, MA|
|136||Sun Nov 27 18:38:15 EST 2016||Susan Courrejou||Salinas, CA||I don't have a story, except that I see too many brand names plastered on the walls of public places, which means to me that someone has sold those spaces to private corporations. They're ugly, and they More....|
|135||Sun Nov 27 18:38:05 EST 2016||Susan Courrejou||Salinas, CA||I don't have a story, except that I see too many brand names plastered on the walls of public places, which means to me that someone has sold those spaces to private corporations. They're ugly, and they More....|
|134||Thu Nov 10 08:02:24 EST 2016||Sean Plaisted||CA|
|133||Tue Oct 18 20:05:19 EDT 2016||Anonymous||Riverside, CA|
|132||Wed Sep 21 19:23:49 EDT 2016||S. Nam||New York, NY|
|131||Tue Sep 20 08:35:22 EDT 2016||Lana Lorenzen||SAINT GEORGE, UT|
|130||Fri Sep 16 11:52:51 EDT 2016||Anonymous||Cleveland, TN||The SE TN N GA historic, areas in and around the Apison, E. Brainerd, E. Hamilton, Summit, Collegedale,Harrison Bay State park, Ooltewah, McDonald, Lebanon, Flint Springs, Old Lead Mine Valley, Blue Springs, More....|
|129||Sat Aug 27 22:24:07 EDT 2016||Dr J L Underfer||toledo, OH||The whole government has been sold to Big Business.|
|128||Thu Aug 25 19:27:54 EDT 2016||Gen Agustsson||redondo beach, CA||reading ads were too much for me|
|127||Sat Aug 20 10:31:10 EDT 2016||Elizabeth Beattie||Brookline, MA||All public lands should be free of commercial marketing and advertisements. We need to protect and expand this shared common space.|
|126||Sat Jul 09 14:09:14 EDT 2016||Debra Cohn||La Canada Flintridge, CA|
|125||Sun Jul 03 23:40:29 EDT 2016||John Hays||Gainesville, FL||All over Florida, under the leadership of that NeoLiberal icon, Rick Scott, the state allows Geico, for example, to advertise via public road signs along interstates and various rest stops throughout the More....|
|124||Mon Jun 06 21:08:30 EDT 2016||Oliver Dickerson||Long Island City, NY|
|123||Tue May 31 13:15:57 EDT 2016||Carmen Alvarado||Burke, VA|
|122||Tue May 31 13:15:57 EDT 2016||Carmen Alvarado||Burke, VA|
|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....|