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Criticism of San Jose's Plan to Add New Billboards to the City

San Jose banned new billboards in 1985, but a proposal making its way through the planning department would allow for a wave of new billboards in the city. One local columnist isn't buying it.

August 14, 2020 - The Mercury News


San Jose City Council Supports New Billboards

San Jose, California is suddenly taking a much more permissive approach to large billboards.

October 4, 2018 - The Mercury News

Bee is For Billboard

Artists Find Alternate Uses for Billboards in Los Angeles

With a surplus of unsold billboard spaces dotting Los Angeles, artists are using the empty spaces as canvasses for new forms of public art.

March 10, 2017 - The Art Newspaper

Miami Beach

Miami Beach's Floating Billboards: A Nuisance on Water

The picturesque ocean front of Miami Beach is being sullied by digital billboards now floating off shore on boats, outside the reach of the city's authority.

March 3, 2017 - Miami New Times


Billboards Having a Moment in Philadelphia

A proposal to add billboard advertisements to a pair of city-owned buildings come at a time when residents, and the federal government, are already concerned about the proliferation of billboards in the city.

November 1, 2016 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Digital Billboard, Edmonton, Canada

New Jersey Town's Digital Billboard Ban Found Unconstitutional

Overruling an earlier appeals court decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court has found one township's prohibition on digital billboards to be unconstitutional.

October 12, 2016 - Rocky Mountain Sign Law

Billboard Flag

Pennsylvania Legislation to Address Billboard Impacts

Residents in towns around Pennsylvania are calling for regulations to better understand and mitigate the impacts of large digital and static billboards.

June 22, 2016 -

Billboards Still a Thorn in the Side of Cities

Cities around the world have continued to implement drastic measures in reaction to a proliferation of billboards.

August 17, 2015 - The Guardian

Welcome to Detroit

Public Art and the Urban Experience

A retrospective of a billboard art exhibition at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas on the occasion of the 2015 Biennial's kick-off implicates an excellent model of citizen engagement and possibly some lessons for civic leaders and urban planners.

July 15, 2015 - Dean Saitta

Kentucky Planners Against the Proliferation of LED Billboards

An op-ed from the Kentucky state chapter of the American Planning Association takes a strong stance against regulations that could allow the permitting of LED billboards along highways.

June 16, 2015 - The Courier-Journal

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.