Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly to host discussion on billboards

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West Side city Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly will host an open discussion meeting about billboards in El Paso as City Council will reconsider the billboard ordinance this year. Full Story
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Green

El Paso, TX

#1 Feb 11, 2009
Also under consideration are the new "blind the driver" LED billboards. There are over a dozen of them which have been installed without a city permit which is required for any sign. If we don't stop Clear Channel, this city will be highly rated in the next "Most Ugly" poll.
Marci

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 11, 2009
Personally, I'm sick of being accosted with advertising while driving. If you visit other cities and towns (Tucson/Phoenix)you experience a much less stressful environment. I understand that neither of these cities allows any new billboards, and the existing billboards are taken down once they become too old. This is a great idea! El Paso needs to do the same - not only for our own peace of mind, but if we're trying to attract new industry/residents we'd better "get with the program"!
Sean

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 11, 2009
This is a great idea -- the last thing we want is to have new billboards all over town!
Concerned

El Paso, TX

#4 Feb 11, 2009
I agree...those things are a distraction when you are trying to drive a car.
Paul

El Paso, TX

#5 Feb 11, 2009
Here is a great way to beautify the city, and at no cost to the taxpayer!!!
Navy

United States

#6 Feb 11, 2009
While everyday things may seem more pressing, ultimately the billboard issue is something that we will (literally) face every day. When one travels down a street like Dyer, the issue seems very real and very offputting. I would even submit that one's impression of a community is meaningfully impacted by the presence of an unending line of billboards as one passes through. It can tarnish a community image quite quickly!
Kim

El Paso, TX

#7 Feb 11, 2009
I think that it is a great idea to ban new billboards in El Paso. We need to do everything possible to help create El Paso as a place that is on par with other large cities. Say no to new billboards!
stupid

El Paso, TX

#8 Feb 11, 2009
eyesore? the freeway is an eyesore, no landscaping in some parts.

start with that
Gteenstreets

Houston, TX

#9 Feb 11, 2009
Thank you Ann Lilly. We need more like you!
no way anne

El Paso, TX

#10 Feb 11, 2009
wasnt the most wanted guy found because of the billboards. anne wants them off because she is scared that at election time her buddy john cook will have opponents using them for publicity.
rick

United States

#11 Feb 11, 2009
Ann, Good Job. In Hawaii there are no billboards at all. In fact signage is resticted to the buildings. Most profressive communities are trending this way. When all advertizers are restricted, then no one gains an advantage. Asthetically, every little bit helps, so who cares if you start with signs or landscape.
Ban the Boards!!!!
Navy

El Paso, TX

#12 Feb 11, 2009
So, Stupid, would you prefer to landscape the freeway with billboards? Just curious. Good way to encourage more pileups, I would think.
Mike

United States

#13 Feb 12, 2009
I am very upset that many in El Paso are so against
business its not funny. Especially in this economic times. We need more Bill Boards to help business and help the consumer in El Paso. I really think we all
need stop thinking we are Scottsdale Az. and realize we are a business border town not a tourist town. This is the facts. So stop killing business because with the violence and the poor economy we can not take anymore. SUPPORT BILL BOARDS ITS GREAT FOR EL PASO AND THEY ALSO KEEP EL PASO INFORM
LULU

El Paso, TX

#14 Feb 12, 2009
So Mike, you must work for a billboard company.....because that's who's making the money from billboards.....the businesses buy advertising. People don't buy services or productes from businesses because they saw a name on a billboard!! We're trying to attract new business here so there will be new jobs for residents......that's what will help El Paso.....and guess what? folks don't want to live in a place that looks trashy! and don't worry, no one thinks were Scotsdale.......
jafo

El Paso, TX

#15 Feb 12, 2009
scotsdale doesnt pay stormwater fees. your right. we are not scotsdale.
i love billboards

El Paso, TX

#16 Feb 12, 2009
I don't have any problems with billboards at all and no I don't work for Clear Channel but I read enough financial news to know that they are not as flush with cash as they once were because of this economic downturn.

To me, a well-designed billboard is a work of art, especially the larger, more fancy ones. Not only are they interesting to look at from a design or artistic point of view but also they pass on lots of useful information.

Long live billboards, the flashier the better. They provide jobs for the people who design and install them and also direct customers to businesses that in this economy need all the traffic they can get.
Against them

United States

#17 Feb 12, 2009
Drivers don't have a TV on their dashboard, so why do we need them all over the road? I guarantee that if I get in a wreck because some idiot was looking at a billboard I will sue the billboard's manufacturer, sponsor, and anyone who voted to let more of these eyesores go up!
LULU

El Paso, TX

#18 Feb 12, 2009
You're right - they are entertaining. So, why don't we just designate an area of town where the bright, flashy ones are ok - and people can drive by to be entertained......(and we're not supposed to use cell phones while driving because it's "distracting" drivers - right?)
visual_pollution

United States

#19 Feb 12, 2009
I think its sad when people like "mike" project their own lack of pride onto our amazing city. Yes, we are a hard-working border town, but we are changing (and improving.) I once brought a consultant to town who was here to provide the city with his insight on how to make El Paso a more "livable community" (i.e. aesthetics, walkability, good public spaces). We took montana from the airport to DT and his reaction was pure awe at the amount of signs that polluted the views of our beautiful landscape and architecture. He said we could brand ourselves as the neon capital of the southwest. I thought that was pretty lame, and I was embarrassed by the signs. I think we forget about our beautiful mountain because every time we try to look up at it we see a sign instead.
Clear Channel will not suffer if this measure passes. They already have a monopoly on outdoor ads and will be just fine. We don't compare to any other city; we are better than all the rest! Get proud and lets all mobilize to keep enhancing "Scenic El Paso"!
LULU

El Paso, TX

#20 Feb 12, 2009
"I read enough financial news to know that they are not as flush with cash as they once were because of this economic downturn." Well, guess what -- no companies are as flush with cash as they once were due to the economic downturn. I would think it would be important to bring more business to El Paso to create more jobs, etc. Not drive them away from us because we can't contol sign pollution.

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