Thursday, October 18, 2012

Love of LCD

I am fascinated that the third rail of Pittsburgh politics has remained...   billboards? PG today: Lamar fights proposed Pittsburgh ad tax with billboards. Trib:Lamar Advertising fights back against plan to tax billboards.   The stories highlight a billboard of Lamar's own doing that says "Worst economy in 50 years".   On that point I wonder if they realize they are in Pittsburgh? 

I guess not so suprising.  From an old post here I will regurgitate as the references are worth reading today:
The whole argument goes back much further. See The Index from 1906: Billboards, a menace to health. Or for the more complete treatment: Fighting “Civic Smallpox”: The Civic Club of Allegheny County’s Campaign for Billboard Regulation, 1896-1917, by Kristin Szylvian Bailey. Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, January 1987.

The lesson?  What goes around, comes around.

Billboards are indeed in the news elsewhere and in particular a spat with local government in Los Angeles. Digital billboard politics: Clear Channel and CBS win critical Los Angeles battle

The headline implies a victory for billboard owners there, but as I read it the victory is that out there 100 billboards will generate $25 million in taxes for city government.

But how convoluted are all things billboard in that utterly indescribable Pittsburgh way?  The CP version of the news today gets quotes from the executive director of Scenic Pittsburgh a group opposed to billboards and run by one former county commissioner Mike Dawida.   Who beat Mike Dawida for the position of County Executive?  One Jim Roddey whose big business background was as president of a billboard company.  If it were not potentially a blaspheme I would suggest a deity is playing games with us.  Pittsburgh, the knowledge-town IT center of the world being convulsed by billboards, the information technology of the 19th century. 


Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 7:15:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Bram: I don't think even Sartre could properly answer that.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 7:19:00 PM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Sorry... I think you triggered a flashback with those back links. You should warn people.

Thursday, October 18, 2012 7:42:00 PM  
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