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Is It Time to Ban Billboards?

1:50 PM PST on November 11, 2008

Moderated by: John Kaliski, AIA - Principal, URBAN STUDIO


Kevin E. Fry - President, Scenic America

Dennis Hathaway - President, The Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight

Con Howe - Managing Director of The CityView Los Angeles Fund and Former Director of Planning of the City of Los Angeles

Craig Lawson - President, Craig Lawson & Co., LLC

Jeff McConnell - Vice President, Arnie Berghoff & Associates

The City is
allowing the use of its visual bandwidth without understanding how much
that bandwidth is worth.  At present, the City of Los Angeles' policy
with regard to off-site signage or billboards is inconsistent. Even as
the City struggles to identify and regulate existing off-site signage,
it moves forward with creative sign districts and signage supplemental
use districts that add new off-site signs.  There are currently at
least three additional supplemental-use signage districts proposed in
Los Angeles. While the City seeks funds from these billboard districts
to realize important community-based projects, off-site signage
advocates justify overturning citywide ordinances limiting billboards
by pointing to the adoption of these same districts.

Location: AIA Los Angeles

3780 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800

Los Angeles, CA  90010


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