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|
|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|
|96||Fri Jun 12 13:06:52 EDT 2015||Donna Price||Racine, WI|
|95||Fri Jun 12 11:05:11 EDT 2015||Anonymous||Cleveland, TN||We need our historic, scenic SE TN, N GA areas in and around areas of Red Clay State historic park, and Harrison Bay State park areas, (Apison, E. Brainerd, E. Hamilton, Summit, Collegedale, OolTewah, More....|
|94||Fri Jun 12 06:47:55 EDT 2015||Gary Kettas||Los Angeles, CA||Don't destroy and pollute all our environments with commercial ads ugliness!!!|
|93||Fri Jun 12 06:46:13 EDT 2015||Gary Kettas||Los Angeles, CA||Don't pollute all our environments with commercial ads ugliness!!!|
|92||Sun May 31 18:33:41 EDT 2015||Ellen Kaplan-Maxfield||Westwood, MA|
|91||Sun May 31 11:27:37 EDT 2015||Helen Michailidou||Athens, ot|