December 5th, 2011

Billboards and parks don't mix

By Editorial
Los Angeles Times

Should parks in 16 proposed sign districts be lawful targets of advertising? Even if they are new parks — ones that wouldn’t have money for their construction, let alone maintenance and staffing, without the revenue afforded by billboards or other ads?

No, they should not. Angelenos want and need parks just as they want and need other amenities. And revenue is scarce. But we have to be able to do better than this. Parks, just like libraries and classrooms, are resources and refuges for children. They are not and must not become boxes into which we concentrate kids in order to package them as audiences for commercial advertisers.

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