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
143 Sun May 28 18:02:08 EDT 2017 toni piazzon WA
142 Wed Apr 19 04:53:07 EDT 2017 Janine Vinton Albany, NY
141 Thu Mar 09 20:46:25 EST 2017 Marcel Liberge MANCHESTER, NH
140 Sun Jan 29 14:10:51 EST 2017 Phillip Peters Tampa, FL Let's Keep it real and let things be for the people and by the people!
139 Tue Jan 24 08:50:09 EST 2017 Mira Cook Brooklyn, NY
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 & David 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 & David 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 Benicia, 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 Kristen Clarke Austin, TX
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