Banning Billboards

The city of El Paso, Texas, considers whether to become the latest of several cities to impose new restrictions on billboards that amounts to a ban on future construction.
July 22, 2009, 5am PDT | Larry Schooler
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The ordinance would mean no new billboards and limits on high-tech digital boards.

"More than 350 Texas cities have banned new billboard construction. Most of the proposed El Paso ordinance is based on more than 60 years of national and international studies on signs and their impact on drivers."

Mike Churchman owns Lynx Exhibits, a Downtown exhibit hall, with his wife, Laurie Paternoster. Churchman estimates that 70 percent of their visitors found out about them through the billboards they use. The ordinance, Churchman said, will drive up the cost of advertising and hurt small businesses.

"If we don't have billboards, we're faced with potentially going out of business," he said."

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Published on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in El Paso Times
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