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
74 Thu Apr 10 13:09:08 EDT 2014 Anonymous Leander, TX
73 Tue Feb 25 23:25:36 EST 2014 Debbie Jones Pulaski, NY
72 Mon Jan 06 20:00:50 EST 2014 Carmen Alvarado Burke, VA
71 Sun Dec 15 19:56:06 EST 2013 James Harding Cedar Falls, IA
70 Tue Dec 03 22:34:10 EST 2013 Vito Marinelli Brooklyn, NY
69 Mon Dec 02 03:47:39 EST 2013 Anonymous Campbell, CA
68 Fri Oct 04 10:42:46 EDT 2013 Corey Booth Clinton, IA
67 Mon Aug 19 02:26:58 EDT 2013 Jennifer Calvo Valley Stream, NY
66 Fri Aug 02 14:24:05 EDT 2013 Desta Waldu Boston, MA
65 Tue Jul 23 10:44:08 EDT 2013 JOHN C. RUSSO oakdale, NY
64 Sat Jul 06 14:18:49 EDT 2013 Jon Nelson New York, NY
63 Sun Jun 16 09:00:12 EDT 2013 c. connor mac, FL The commercial signs are distracting & ugly.
62 Mon May 20 19:10:53 EDT 2013 carol jagiello bloomingdale, NJ
61 Mon May 20 14:06:08 EDT 2013 Dennis Hartenstine Birdsboro, PA
60 Thu May 02 21:09:17 EDT 2013 sandra miller spokane, WA 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....
59 Mon Apr 01 13:19:58 EDT 2013 Susan and John Teague Austin , TX I object! In Texas...Our clean drinking water and individual deeded property rights and by deed NO commercial neighborhood was taken over in Texas to put private commercial marina were they do not belong...on More....
58 Tue Mar 12 19:28:58 EDT 2013 Ace Strife Flanders, NJ
57 Sat Mar 09 10:04:05 EST 2013 Jennifer Pedroza Hobart, IN I live in a small town in northwest Indiana. There is a strong sense of hometown pride here. While we don't have a ton of advertising everywhere, yet, our police vehicle were .donate by Walmart.
56 Thu Mar 07 23:36:19 EST 2013 carol jagiello bloomingdale, NJ Most parents in my town see nothing wrong with advertising on school buses. I am unsure if the decsion has been made. Kids need to know not everything is for sale.
55 Sun Feb 03 13:37:05 EST 2013 Anonymous Cleveland, TN The areas,landscapes,waterways and the many endangered/migratory species, in and around the SE TN,N(W) Ga, (particularly areas in and around the Harrison Bay State park,and The Red Clay State More....
54 Sun Feb 03 13:36:22 EST 2013 Anonymous Cleveland, TN The areas,landscapes,waterways and the many endangered/migratory species, in and around the SE TN,N(W) Ga, (particularly areas in and around the Harrison Bay State park,and The Red Clay State More....
53 Sat Feb 02 11:16:37 EST 2013 Don Puckett Prairie City, OR Another example of what is now public property some will be corporate, and we we told that communism was the enemy of the people. Ha!
52 Thu Jan 17 13:23:52 EST 2013 Heather Ruhnke Crest Hill, IL I am so tired of these businesses having these glowing signs, the store is huge why do they need a huge neon sign to blind you while you are driving. Enough is enough.
51 Fri Jan 04 20:55:14 EST 2013 william gawne jr riverside, IL
50 Mon Dec 10 12:42:46 EST 2012 Christopher Benjamin Largo, FL
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