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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Number Date Name Location Share your story
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 Roslindale, MA
91 Sun May 31 11:27:37 EDT 2015 Helen Michailidou Athens, ot
90 Mon May 25 03:47:59 EDT 2015 Jim Phillips Sonoma, CA
89 Thu May 14 23:58:57 EDT 2015 Isaac Hart Glen Rock, NJ
88 Sun May 03 05:13:21 EDT 2015 Joel B. Somers Point, NJ Is there any difference between graffiti and advertisement? Are they not both an assault upon forced viewing of immorality, forced distracting and infringement on our security and safety?
87 Wed Apr 01 14:47:19 EDT 2015 Elizabeth Scoble Napa, CA
86 Sat Mar 14 11:51:50 EDT 2015 Anonymous Cleveland, TN We need our SE TN, N GA areas around the areas of Red Clay State historic and Harrison Bay State parks to be more natural, forested and protected via protections from the national park (and forest) More....
85 Tue Mar 10 19:30:12 EDT 2015 Anonymous Claremore, OK Roadside Advertising is a blight on our highways.
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