Listetning to talk radiio a while back, there was a business owner on who does
remodeling of homes. He says he was able to grow his business by advertising on
electronic bill boards. It is less expensive than buying space on a regular bill
board he said and it lets people know of his service. It has worked well for
him. I suppose one could say the same about radio or a regular bill board, they
help business to get started and to grow.I remember as a kid I hated
advertisements on radio, they were interruptions to the music I used to listen
to. I didn't understand economics then. I now see advertisements as the
grease that helps a capitalistic system run smoothly. We all want beauty, but we
also all want jobs and useful services. If its too difficult for businesses that
employ people and offer useful services to get started or sustain themselves, we
won't have as many of them.The sign companies themselves
provide jobs and they helo other bisinesses to provide jobs and opportunities
for other people to start and sustain businesses. We need to keep this in mind.
Just a couple of random thoughts.An employee of the Young Sign
Company stopped one day & helped me with a car problem. Thanks! Like others have mentioned, I have lived and worked in various states, even on
one job I traveled from LA to the outer banks of Maryland. I don't believe
I have ever bought anything, even a motel room. because of a billboard.
Obviously others have.I think they pose a hazzard just as the
flashing Thanksgiving Point distracts a driver from concentrating on the
highway. I have personally witnessed a driver drift over when trying to read a
billboard and some of them have too much or too small letters to read at highway
speed.Finally, beauty is in the eye of the beholder & maybe
there are some who think they look nice. In the past I would make my travel
route away from "ugly" places whenever I could. That includes junk, bad
buildings and billboards. Missouri used to be so bad they would stack one on
top of another, giving 4 billboard faces (2 each direction) that to me looked
"ugly."I'm glad we are not that bad yet.
Salt Lake City, Utah -- About as tactless and trashy as other high
class International cities such as; Tiajuana, Mexica - Bogata, Columbia -
and Bombay, India.BTW - When I want electronic advertising,
I'll turn on my computer.
I think a lot of Utah residents are so used to billboards that they don't
realize what an eyesore they are for people visiting from outside our state. We
should consider changing our state advertising slogan from "Life
Elevated" to "Advertising Elevated."I'm firmly in
support of Mayor Becker on this one and would like to see our state legislators
get behind him. It's not only a huge problem for Salt Lake City, but
extends to other areas as well.I'm sorry for Mr. Young and Mr.
Regan, but you simply happen to be in a business that detracts from the beauty
of our state.
I'm in business and advertising. I'm also alive and have no desire to
have my view of the Grand Canyon commercialized just because you want to sell
something. For the advertiser, 90% or more of the billboards do NOT
help your business and in fact are an enormous waste of your money. That's
mainly because you chose to put up more than a few words with an irrelevant
picture that is not clear, concise or direct.But regardless,
don't block my view!!! Becker is finally right.
The article left out the obvious, that constantly changing electronic billboards
are freeway distractions. At least a few Comments responded to that, mostly
from people who don't live in Utah but know its freeways. Business and
pleasure trips most of my life kept me driving throughout the USA and parts of
Canada. I've lived in downtown Salt Lake and in enough regions to make
qualified comparisons. Salt Lake City is on my short list for some of the most
dangerous freeways in the country. They were definitely not designed with
tourism in mind. When I lived there, I learned how to get where I needed to go
but it took a lot of mistaken routes first. Lanes open up without sufficient
notice and close about the same way or much too quickly; drivers are
particularly aggressive, tailgating while texting or phoning; competing
electronic billboards temporarily take busy eyes off the road as they're
designed to do. This winter I drove in for a couple of days. Since I moved away
a decade ago, driving has become even worse. Billboards are great for the
billboard business and dangerous for already endangered drivers.
If you really want to see what life could be like without the blight of
billboards and other garish signs, visit Scottsdale, Arizona. As you drive
around town, you will notice that almost all the power lines are underground,
businesses have small signs placed tastefully, and there are no billboards.Despite the strict regulations, businesses thrive, especially upscale
developments. While Yesco and Reagan argue otherwise, it is clear they are just
looking out for their bottom line, not the best interests of the businesses or
communities. Scottsdale is just one location where the regulations have been
successful in "clearing the air" so to speak. Several other metro areas
around Phoenix are following suit.Utah could learn something from
Vermont bans billboards (leading to an odd quirk of new york billboards
advertising for things in Vermont), it's one of my favorite things abot the
I think a picture is worth a 1000 words...See photo and you be the
judge on billboards...
I'd rather see an electronic sign that can represent multiple needs and
advertisers than a motley assortment of tattered and out-of-date billboards.
Technology is giving the cities an opportunity to condense the number of signs
and still meet advertising needs.
"Outdoor advertising officials counter that the only reason state lawmakers
have to get involved is because municipalities and environmental groups have
placed a bull's-eye on their backs." Reagan and Yesco need
to understand that municipalities represent the people more closely than the
State does. Local governments consist of people who live and work where
billboards aren't wanted -- they care about their communities, and
don't want them littered up. State legislators yield more easily because
if the billboard blight doesn't get put in his or her neighborhood,
there's little political cost to themselves and a nice campaign
contribution comes in return.
I'm sorry for Jeffrey Young, who is completely out of touch in his
confidence it's just a "small group of planners" and
"environmental groups" who want to "regulate, limit and
restrict" the outdoor advertising industry.I'm not in an
environmental group. I live in Salt Lake County, not the city. I'm a
Republican. And I'm against these electronic and traditional billboard
eyesores, this "litter on a stick", as it's called. Sorry for
those whose livelihood is in this business, but truly this form of advertising,
in such a beautiful place as we live, is offensive. May YESCO and Reagan find
other ways to make their living than uglifying this beautiful land.State legislators who will agree to serious restrictions on outdoor
advertising will have the support of many more than a small group of planners
and environmentalists. They have the support of all who value civility and
beauty. Here's wishing Ralph Becker great success, and may he
be joined by many Republicans in this battle.
This should be a major safety issue. These signs because they change about as
fast as you can read them not only take your mind off of driving but they also
take your eyes off the road. The signs are a thousand times worse than phones
and that safety issue has already been established. For that reason the signs
should be completely outlawed. In addition it should not be a city wide issue
because it really doesn't affect 90% of city residents. It is a
neighborhood issue and those making the decisions should be the people who have
to live with them every day in their neighborhoods. Having had the battle with
Reagan about getting his sign off a building which my wife purchased, I believe
his automatic renewal contracts shgould be outlawed. They are difficult for
people with limited resources to beat, but not impossible. It took two and a
half years but his sign is gone.
I was born in Logan, but moved out at age 4 (1971) and have lived in 6 states,
including Hawaii (4th grade through high school). I'm glad the article
pointed out that HI and 3 other states have no billboards. Each summer as we
traveled to Utah to visit grandparents, I noticed the ugly billboards. They
really do mar the view, and they are tacky. Old fashioned or electronic, makes
no difference. Nowhere else I've lived has as many billboards as UT. We
have a few here in VA but nowhere near as many as UT. I disagree with Dew that
billboards should be only outside the city; they are ugly both inside and
outside cities. I'm a conservative, free enterprise sort of person; and yet
even I think billboards should be cut back severely or banned. For those who are
so used to them you don't notice how ugly they are, or have never lived
outside of UT, please take a drive out of state and see the difference.
I'm from out of state, but come to visit ALC several times a year to see
family. I don't go downtown much, but the drive along I-15, heading south
to the point of the moutain is horrible. All the signs and guess what?
Everybody here seems to think that 65 means 80mph so how can they read the
billboards anyway. Second, I can't believe how many people are texting and
driving so they aren't even looking at the billboards. I phones and Smart
phones I believe have replace billboards for the most part because you just have
to get on and google what you want to find and where it's located. I
don't own one of those fabulous phones, but if I want to find out about a
symphony etc. I would call them or look on the computer. it's not like you
need to know about it while you're driving. Please don't allow anymore
billboards. If you have to. . only allow them to a certain height. I love seeing
the moutains here.
take them down. very tacky
When visiting the Salt Lake area, I was overwhelmed with the number of
billboards crowding I-15. In my opinion, it blights an otherwise beautiful
region. They could arguably be considered safety distractions for motorists, as
well. I like my neighboring state's- Vermont-approach. They have banned
billboards, and instead have simple small signs indicating business locations
to passing motorists. A similar ban was promoted in New York State, but
business groups successfully killed it, basing it on a constitutional freedom of
speech angle. Even our northern neighbor, Montreal, doesn't have as many
billboards, as crowded along I-15 in SLC. Good luck with that issue, Utah!
I agree with Becker, the billboards ruin salt lake city. It is an expensive
legal fight to have them removed, and Regan is a big campaign contributor
(making it even more expensive), but there are ways and we the people of such a
beautiful city should make it happen.I was in colorado the other day
and couldn't believe how much nicer it was not to have billboards trashing
up the place.Go Ralph Go!!!!
I said it once and will say again. Billbaord should be outside the city primiter
(sp?). Like South of Nephi, north of Brigham City, west of Grantsville and WEST
of Utah/Wyo Border and nothing in between them!
To be more exact to this toned down report by the DN tabloid, is the fact that
these signs are a driving hazard that grossly blokes road and traffic signs. We
all have a right to visibility and views as citizens and other business in the
city. It means one business does not have the right to block the rights of other
business store fronts and store mounted signs.Most cities and I
think Utah has similar laws that business and zoning laws must be agreeable by
all business and citizens to views and scenery rights. Road signs should at
least follow the sign laws of all business in size, location, and displaying and
cannot interfere with the comfort and safety for drivers and citizens. Then the
LUX or brightness of the lighting should be such that at night they are not a
flood light. Citizens do have a right to their scenic views
according to federal highway beautification acts and theses signs are in
complete violation. There is intentional installation of these sign along the
freeways and roads to block the view of drivers and distract them from attentive
driving is cause enough to tear them down.
Utah, unfortunately, has some of the most ugly highways in America. Most are
surrounded by hideous commercial, run-down industrial and, of course, the
billboards. The only saving grace is nature and sound walls that hide the first
two in some places. I can appreciate that no one wants to live near freeways and
therefore locating the first two is logical, but I mean where were the standards
in making our commercial/industrial have some respect for appearance. I would
say we need a lot more sound walls and then let's tackle the billboards.
Unfortunately, the latter isn't likely since we're talking revenues.
Alas, we still have the mountains. I do try to focus on those when I drive in
Salt Lake, Davis or Utah Counties.
Billboards are helpful for telling me where not to shop.
This is one area where I disagree with Mayor Becker. Electronic billboards look
much better than their old-fashioned counterparts and always have fresh looking
ads. The old ones always look like they are going to fall over, and half the ad
is ripped off or bubbled after a while.The electronic boards will
make the city look more modern, and will actually encourage the billboard
companies to replace their old, dingy boards they currently have up. But if
they are not encouraged to do so because of a restriction on new electronic
signs, we will be left with crumbling billboards in Salt Lake City, which seems
to go against what we want.On a more personal note, I have been
notified of a lot of arts events such as the Symphony, rock concerts, and
community events via the few electronic boards in Salt Lake (which are by the
exit I use to get to and from work). They are effective and I feel they help
keep me informed of things going on in downtown Salt Lake City. And isn't
that what we want so that people will come downtown for events?
When it comes to bill boards, Salt Lake Valley takes the crown. It has to have
more bill board per highway mile than any other place in the world. It make Las
Vegas look like an Amish colony. I understand free enterprise, but common
folks, are Utah's drives that hard up to buy things they have t be sold to
ever 1/10 of mile they drive? I guess they do.Salt Lake Valley
happens to have the distention of the one of the most beautiful and yet most
ugly places all at once. For all the wonder of Gods creation surrounding it,
evidently there is a huge need to advertise bankruptcy lawyers at every
corner.Just my opinion, your milage may vary.