City for Sale

Cities exist to advance the public good, for example, to keep us safe from fire and theft, maintain the parks, teach the children, tend to the poor, and help keep us healthy. But corporations are trying to turn our cities into billboards and marketing agents, which conflicts with the public purpose of government.

For example, Coca-Cola has signed marketing deals with Huntington Beach, CA; East Lansing, MI, and Ocean City, MD, while PepsiCo has agreements with San Diego, Fresno, Garden Grove, and Sacramento, CA. These cities receive cash for becoming marketing vehicles for soda companies, despite evidence that consuming large quantities of soda pop can cotribute to obesity, tooth decay, osteoporosis, heart disease, and kidney stones, according to Liquid Candy, a report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

We work to keep public spaces public, and to stop companies from turning our public spaces into billboards.

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News Releases

Los Angeles City Council Should Prohibit Alcohol Advertising on City-Owned Property
Robert Weissman and Elizabeth Ben-Ishai | April 12th, 2012

Commercial Alert Urges CTA Not To Sell Naming Rights, Advertise Alcohol
Robert Weissman and Elizabeth Ben-Ishai | March 26th, 2012

Commercial Alert Urges MBTA Not To Sell Naming Rights to Boston Subway T Stations
Robert Weissman and Elizabeth Ben-Ishai | December 21st, 2011

Commercial Alert Pans Plan to Put Ads on NYC Subway Tunnel Walls
Jonathan Rowe and Gary Ruskin | May 16th, 2006

Commercial Alert Pans Plan to Put Ads on NYC Subway Tunnel Walls
Jonathan Rowe and Gary Ruskin | May 16th, 2006

Coalition Asks MTA Not to Sell Naming Rights to NYC Bridges, Subway Stations
Gary Ruskin | July 28th, 2004

Coalition Asks MTA Not to Sell Naming Rights to NYC Bridges, Subway Stations
Gary Ruskin | July 28th, 2004

San Francisco Moves to Ban Sale of Naming Rights; First Major City to Counter Naming Rights Trend
Gary Ruskin | July 30th, 2002

San Francisco Moves to Ban Sale of Naming Rights; First Major City to Counter Naming Rights Trend
Gary Ruskin | July 30th, 2002

Sell the Naming Rights to Your Suits, Councilman
Gary Ruskin | May 2nd, 2001

Sell the Naming Rights to Your Suits, Councilman
Gary Ruskin | May 2nd, 2001


What's in a Name? A Potful of Problems
Gary Ruskin | February 27th, 2004

What's in a Name? A Potful of Problems
Gary Ruskin | February 27th, 2004

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MBTA won’t be capitalizing on station naming rights
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In Our View: A Price Tag for Everything?
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Jeff Sheler | Virginian-Pilot | February 9th, 2014

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Carla Caldwell | Atlanta Business Chronicle | January 22nd, 2014

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Jenny Xie | The Atlantic | January 7th, 2014

Comcast Center in Mansfield renamed Xfinity Center
Boston Globe | December 11th, 2013

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San Jose's Civic gets new name with corporate sponsor
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Jacksonville Considers Ballpark And Arena Naming Rights
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Dating website offers to buy naming rights for Belle Isle
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Resorts World Casino in Queens may buy name of A train subway stop
PETE DONOHUE | New York Daily News | October 10th, 2013

Broome putting Arena naming rights up for sale
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Bank of America Pavilion will need a new name
Deirdre Fernandes | | September 23rd, 2013

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Wayne Allen | Portsmouth Daily Times | September 14th, 2013

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Kevin Collison | Kansas City Star | September 4th, 2013

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DART Considers Selling Naming Rights
CBS DFW | November 13th, 2012

Coca-Cola gives $3M to city for anti-obesity, diabetes efforts
John Byrne | Chicago Tribune | November 13th, 2012

Should Seaside Heights Sell the Naming Rights to Get the Boardwalk Restored?
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David Lazarus | Los Angeles Times | November 5th, 2012

City will try to sell naming rights to Columbus Civic Center
Tony Adams | Ledger-Enquirer | October 22nd, 2012

Mind the Gap! First Advertiser Jumps Aboard the MetroCard
David Gianatasio | AdWeek | October 9th, 2012

Alcohol ad approved for Charlotte light-rail train
Charlotte Observer | September 28th, 2012

City explores naming rights, sponsorships to raise revenue
Don Walker | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | September 20th, 2012

ODOT to launch ads at rest stops, sell naming rights to roads and bridges
Tom Breckenridge | The Plain Dealer | September 19th, 2012

Naming rights considered for Frederick ball field
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City to Take Bids on Ball Court, Dog Run Sponsorship
Alec Hamilton | WNYC | September 10th, 2012

Naming Rights Are Viable Funding Tool
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Public Naming Rights — And Wrongs
Ed Fouhy | WBUR | August 1st, 2012

Not So Fast: Transportation Bill Amendment Would Restrict MBTA’s Ability to Sell Station Naming Righ
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Virginia drafting rules for highway naming
Liz Essley | Washington Examiner | July 23rd, 2012

City may sell naming rights to Point, arena
Bernie Hornick | The Tribune Democrat | July 23rd, 2012

M.T.A. Opens Front of MetroCard to Advertising
MATT FLEGENHEIMER | New York Times | July 19th, 2012

City hires advertising consultant
John Byrne | Chicago Tribune | July 16th, 2012

Metro looks again to modify station naming policy
Kytja Weir | Washington Examiner | July 13th, 2012

Should cities sell ads to fund public services?
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | July 10th, 2012

Selling the names of T stations cheapens the public realm
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Baltimore may sell ads on fire trucks
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MBTA may sell station names
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ODOT considers naming rights on highways
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Ohio to Monetize Bridges, Toilets With Naming Rights
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This rest area brought to you by the makers of … Charmin?
WILLIAM PETROSKI | Des Moines Register | June 14th, 2012

Cook County (your ad here): Is effort to sell naming rights worth it?
Kate MacArthur | Chicago Business | June 11th, 2012

NYC Parks Seek Corporate Sponsors
Kathleen Horan | WNYC | June 11th, 2012

Will MBTA Sell Naming Rights To Stations To Raise Ad Revenue?
Lisa van der Pool | CBS Boston | June 5th, 2012

CTA offers naming rights to 11 stations
Jon Hilkevitch | Chicago Tribune | June 4th, 2012

Bill to place advertisements on city fire trucks moves forward
Julie Scharper | Baltimore Sun | June 4th, 2012

Cook County looks at naming rights to raise money
John Byrne and Hal Dardick | Chicago Tribune | May 25th, 2012

Highways rife with features for naming
Joe Blundo | Columbus Dispatch | May 24th, 2012

At Atlantic Ave., an updated name with a corporate twist
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Next Stop, Walmart Crossing: the Hail Mary of T Naming Rights
Tom Acitelli | Curbed | May 15th, 2012

City tells Miami Heat to remove tire ads wrapped on palm trees at arena
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Are city commissioners desperate, insensitive or greedy?
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Baltimore councilman proposes advertisements on fire trucks
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Local hikers opposed to ad signs on nature trails
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Not the best sign, but . . .
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DRPA considers selling naming rights on PATCO stations
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Selling the notion of corporate naming for Victoria landmarks
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City wants to sell naming rights at harbor
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Funding gap has library mulling more ads
Samina Esha | The National Post | February 29th, 2012

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DN Editorial: Your ad here?
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Betsy Bloom | LaCrosse Tribune | February 3rd, 2012

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John Rawlins | | February 3rd, 2012

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Plans To Commercialize The Commute, Sell Roads' Naming Rights
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Whopper Highway? Virginia considers selling road-naming rights
Richard Simon | Los Angeles Times | January 23rd, 2012

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CHELYEN DAVIS | | January 23rd, 2012

The T's naming rights deal
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Ruth McCambridge | Nonprofit Quarterly | December 22nd, 2011

T examines selling naming rights
STEVE ANNEAR | Metro | December 13th, 2011

Renaming of Miami art museum inspires debate
Daniel Chang | Miami Herald | December 7th, 2011

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Dakota Smith | Contra Costa Times | December 6th, 2011

Billboards and parks don't mix
Editorial | Los Angeles Times | December 5th, 2011

Should schools, cities and landmarks be selling ad space?
Patt Morrison Show | KPCC | December 2nd, 2011

Creek Naming Rights Being Auctioned On eBay
KCCI | December 1st, 2011

City offers marketers space on trash cans, website, water bills
Kristen Mack | Chicago Tribune | November 28th, 2011

Parks Department revives plan to sell naming rights
Yolanne Almanzar | The New York World | November 28th, 2011

Cash-strapped cities, schools say: 'Your Ad Here'
CARLA K. JOHNSON | Associated Press | November 28th, 2011

Oregon airport to put giant ads on control tower
AP | WGME | November 18th, 2011

City correctly joins naming rights craze
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Consultants asking businesses about naming the T
Tom Fontaine | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | October 20th, 2011

Boston's T Mulls Selling Naming Rights Of Stations
July 13th, 2011

MetLife Near Deal For Naming Rights To New Meadowlands Stadium
SB Nation | June 29th, 2011

Barclays Buys Up Naming Rights to NYC Playgrounds
Patch | June 17th, 2011

American Airlines wins either way in NBA Finals
USA Today | May 30th, 2011

County selling advertising space in public parks
Sarasota Herald-Tribune | May 16th, 2011

Want your name on a park? Big bucks will make it so in Boynton Beach
The Palm Beach Post | May 15th, 2011

Pittsburgh City Council considers selling airport naming rights
Pittsburgh Post Gazette | May 5th, 2011

Should tollways trade historic names for sponsors?
Daily Herald | May 2nd, 2011

Detroit takes a lesson from sporting arenas, looks to sell naming rights | April 27th, 2011

Altoona Becomes ‘Pom Wonderful’ — For a Price
The New York Times | April 15th, 2011

Baltimore Councilman: Sell naming rights to city buildings
Baltimore Sun | April 11th, 2011

Tollway trucks will bring assistance, advertising
Chicago Tribune | March 25th, 2011

Virginia offers naming rights for rest areas
The News and Advance | March 25th, 2011

Arizona gets official gun - and Colt Manufacturing gets free naming rights
East Valley Tribune | March 10th, 2011

B'klyn plan gives new meaning to 'corporate park'
New York Post | March 9th, 2011

Your Logo Here: City Considers Street Naming Rights | August 12th, 2009

Cities Look for Revenue Through Naming Rights -- Even on Potholes
Michael Malik | Journal & Courier (Indiana) | August 10th, 2009

Naming Official Brands could bring Metro Airport Big Bucks
Katherine Yung | Detroit Free Press | July 27th, 2009

What's in a name? Not much for Chicago
Paul Merrion | Crain's Chicago Business | July 13th, 2009

Lambert Airport Seeks Takeoff in Revenue
Ken Leiser | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | July 1st, 2009

M.T.A. Sells Naming Rights to Subway Station
Michael M. Grynbaum | The New York Times | June 23rd, 2009

Looking for Money in a Name
Milton J. Valencia | The Boston Globe | June 9th, 2009

Naming Rights Considered for Light Rail
Sean Holstege | The Arizona Republic | June 4th, 2009

Latest Muni Revenue-Generator: Naming Rights
Mike Aldax | The San Francisco Examiner | June 2nd, 2009

Naming Rights a Big Business
Shaun Sutner | Worcester Telegram & Gazette | May 31st, 2009

Ad Deals Sought by City
Anthony Schoettle | Indianapolis Business Journal | April 18th, 2009

Tobin’s Moniker is Up for Sale
Donna Goodison | Boston Herald | April 17th, 2009

Suffolk Plan to Sell Naming Rights at County Parks
Rick Brand | Newsday | March 8th, 2009

Why You'll Be Seeing More Ads in Public Spaces
Robert Klara | BrandWeek | March 7th, 2009

City Ponders Name Game
Frank Landry | Edmonton Sun (Canada) | February 27th, 2009

Springs Explores Sponsorships, Ads on City Assets
The Denver Post | January 14th, 2009

Ads May Become Revenue Stream
Paul A. Anthony | San Angelo Standard-Times | January 9th, 2009

Cities Look to Partners for Help
Helen Gao | San Diego Union-Tribune | December 21st, 2008

CTA May Sell Naming Rights For 'L' Stops
CBS2 Chicago | December 1st, 2008

Billboards Brighten Los Angeles Night, to the Anger of Many
Rebecca Cathcart | The New York Times | November 5th, 2008

Phoenix: Naming Rights to Buildings Among Revenue Ideas
Casey Newton | The Arizona Republic | September 24th, 2008

Electronic Billboards to Appear in Venice's St. Mark's Square
Emma Hall | Advertising Age | September 3rd, 2008

Naming Bridge at LR Said to be Worth $750,000
Evin Demirel | Arkansas Democrat Gazette | August 23rd, 2008

City Explores Ad Revenue
Pam Zubeck | The Gazette (Colorado) | June 10th, 2008

Mediacom Makes Bid for Ice Park Naming Rights
Wes Johnson | News-Leader (Missouri) | May 14th, 2008

What's Ballpark Figure for Name on Police Building?
Rick Orlov | Los Angeles Daily News | May 4th, 2008

A Zoo by Any Other Name?
Joel Russell | Los Angeles Business Journal | April 28th, 2008

What's in a Name? Possibly A Lot of Money
Jeff Gray | Globe and Mail (Canada) | April 24th, 2008

Airport Naming Rights: Industry-First Partnership
PRNewswire | April 14th, 2008

Waterfront Toronto Considers Selling Naming Rights to Public Parks, Spaces
The Canadian Press | April 6th, 2008

When a Corporate Donation Raises Protests
Stuart Elliott | The New York Times | March 12th, 2008

A $100 Million Donation to the N.Y. Public Library
Robin Pogrebin | The New York Times | March 11th, 2008

Your Name Here?
Keith Edwards | Kennebec Journal, Morning Senitinel (ME) | February 5th, 2008

What's in a Name? Not Enough, Nassau County Finds
William Murphy | Newsday | February 1st, 2008

Naming Names in Milton
Paul E. Kandarian | Boston Globe | January 31st, 2008

Vending Contract Could Add to City Revenues
Cindy Barks | Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ) | January 30th, 2008

Naming Rights May Provide Districts With Funding
Lana F. Flowers | Morning News (Northwest AR) | January 26th, 2008

Set Strict Rules on Naming Rights
Detroit Free Press | January 10th, 2008

New Deal Reached with Cougars to Get Stadium Renovation Project Moving
William Presecky | Chicago Tribune | January 9th, 2008

Legislator Wants to Sell Naming Rights to Bridge
Ted Hayes | Warren Times Gazette | January 9th, 2008

PCCC looking to sell naming rights
Bernard Schoenburg | State Journal Register (MO) | December 18th, 2007

USC gives some ground on Coliseum
Sam Farmer and Gary Klein | Los Angeles Times | December 17th, 2007

A Shot at Naming Rights
James Mayer | The Oregonian | December 15th, 2007

Why the Name Game is Simply a Shame
Greg Baum | The Age (Melbourne, AU) | December 14th, 2007

State looks to buy Wrigley
Jim Kirk | Chicago Tribune | December 13th, 2007

Call to Arms to Retain Name at a Garden State Rest Stop
George Vecsey | The New York Times | December 12th, 2007

Rest stops could lose historic titles
Associated Press | December 9th, 2007

City of Chicago may turn to naming rights to raise funds
Associated Press | November 23rd, 2007

Mass. officials eye sponsor-a-cruiser ad program
Mike Underwood | Boston Herald | November 19th, 2007

Ad firm gives to Muni measure, gets S.F. contract
Robert Selna | San Francisco Chronicle | October 31st, 2007

Agency May Rent Visibility
Gary Libow | Hartford Courant | February 8th, 2007

Not Just One N.J. Road to Riches From Assets
Jennifer Moroz | Philadelphia Inquirer | February 4th, 2007

City Policy for Naming Rights Sales Sketched In
Eric LaRose | Sheboygan Press (WI) | January 10th, 2007

With Ad Deal, Insurer Wades Into Bridge Traffic
Ken Belson | The New York Times | January 4th, 2007

Golden Gate Bridge to Explore Corporate Sponsorship
Kim Curtis | Associated Press | November 16th, 2006

Library Selling Naming Rights
Kimball Perry | Cincinnati Enquirer | August 9th, 2006

If Price Is Right, City Sights Will Carry New Name Tags
Gary Washburn | Chicago Tribune | April 29th, 2006

State Selling Ads to Offset Cost of BMV Renewal Letters
Patrick Guinane | Northwest Indiana Times | April 15th, 2006

Suffolk May Sell Naming Rights
Emi Endo | Newsday | February 23rd, 2006

Texas Town Adopts Corporate Name
Matt Slagle | Associated Press | November 16th, 2005

Illinois Angles for Sponsors to Close Budget Gap
Stephanie Simon | Los Angeles Times | September 28th, 2003

Illinois Angles for Sponsors to Close Budget Gap
Stephanie Simon | Los Angeles Times | September 28th, 2003

New York Picks Its Beverage, for $166 Million
David M. Herszenhorn | The New York Times | September 10th, 2003

Illinois: Brought to You by Sponsors; Blagojevich Plan Could Turn State into Land of Logos
John Chase and Ray Long | Chicago Tribune | September 5th, 2003

Town Square As Billboard; Short on Cash, Municipalities are Renting out Public Spaces to Marketers
Stuart Elliott | The New York Times | June 23rd, 2003

Cities in Need Selling Themselves
Larry Copeland | USA Today | June 10th, 2003

Marketer Urges Town to Sell Endorsements for Revenue
Thomas Dolan | Buffalon News | May 14th, 2003

Branding in New York Is Just the Beginning
N. R. Kleinfeld | The New York Times | April 6th, 2003

City's Going on the Block; Naming Rights to be Offered
David Saltonstall | New York Daily News | April 3rd, 2003

Villages Hustle to Sell Naming Rights
Lynette Kalsnes | Chicago Tribune | September 17th, 2002

Selling the City, Drink by Drink
Ralph Nader | September 16th, 2002

Selling the City, Drink by Drink
Ralph Nader | September 16th, 2002

Let's Park the Naming-Rights Plan
Carrie McLaren | New York Newsday | February 28th, 2002

Bloomberg Passes Hat, Aiming at Corporate Help
Jennifer Steinhauer | The New York Times | February 6th, 2002

Norquist Toys With Idea of Your-name-here Sponsors
Greg Borowski | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | January 26th, 2001

Now, Brought to You by Coke (or Pepsi): Your City Hall
Verne G. Kopytoff | The New York Times | November 29th, 1999

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City for Sale
Mokhiber and Weissman, Focus on the Corp. | February 15, 1999