Petition: Stop PPA’s Neighborhood Billboard Expansion

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The Philadelphia Parking Authority has embarked on yet another new money-raising scheme where they are trying to install 45 billboards in residential neighborhoods with zero community input. 

Worst of all, $0 of this billboard cash cow will go to the School District. It's all going into the PPA's slush fund.

The PPA plans to blanket the city with 45 new billboards, starting with the following neighborhoods:

  • East Passyunk
  • Passyunk Square
  • Bella Vista
  • Old City
  • Washington Square West
  • Chinatown
  • Spring Garden / Fairmount

Is your neighborhood on the list? If not, you may be next, since the PPA has publicly stated they want to aggressively expand the program throughout the city. 

Using a little-known municipal billboard carve-out introduced by Council President Darrell Clarke a few years ago, the PPA believes that they are not required to notify or seek approval from neighbors. 

Many of PPA’s 45 new billboards will be placed on residential blocks, some next to parks and playgrounds. PPA has provided no details about the billboards, and due to the way the law is written, they can even install digital billboards of any size or brightness, with zero input from neighbors.

The PPA has tried to get this backroom deal passed with as few people knowing as possible, without notification to RCOs, residents, or neighborhood nonprofits. The proposed 6x12 billboards for neighborhood lots and garages will look like this:

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Sign and share this petition to tell the PPA that we don’t want their billboards in our neighborhoods!

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  • Chris Robinson
    signed 2017-05-10 09:18:05 -0400
  • Lynn McConville
    signed 2017-05-10 09:13:45 -0400
    Neighborhoods spent years fighting to get billboards removed from their streets. And now they are coming back? Blight in our neighborhoods just so the Parking Authority can make more money to pay excessive salaries and bonuses to their top executives? Absolutely not!! Please stop this nonsense before it goes any further
  • Travis Skidmore
    signed 2017-05-10 09:12:04 -0400
  • Sarah Kolansky
    signed 2017-05-10 08:51:01 -0400
  • Joanne Laino
    signed 2017-05-10 08:44:45 -0400
    Joanne Laino
  • Christine Schwarz
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 08:38:12 -0400
    Sign the petition: Tell @PhilaParking not to blight our neighborhoods with dozens of new billboards
  • Christine Schwarz
    signed 2017-05-10 08:37:08 -0400
  • Mary-Margaret Monser
    signed 2017-05-10 08:27:11 -0400
    Mary-Margaret Monser
  • Karen Wisniewski
    signed 2017-05-10 08:15:17 -0400
  • Al Giacomucci
    signed 2017-05-10 08:07:09 -0400
  • carole brophy
    signed 2017-05-10 07:42:04 -0400
  • Dennis Shinners
    signed 2017-05-10 07:21:53 -0400
    There are already far too many billboards in this city. City Council is selling us out to billboard companies.
  • Mike Ritzius
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-10 07:15:43 -0400
    Sign the petition: Tell @PhilaParking not to blight our neighborhoods with dozens of new billboards
  • Mike Ritzius
    @mritzius tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-10 07:15:40 -0400
    Sign the petition: Tell @PhilaParking not to blight our neighborhoods with dozens of new billboards http://www.5thsq.org/ppa_billboard?recruiter_id=458924
  • Michael Ritzius
    signed 2017-05-10 07:14:46 -0400
    I walk by this site almost daily. To put a billboard here would be an eyesore. It’s a completely residential space and only locals would have to bear the brunt of this intrusion daily.
  • Philip Price, Jr.
    signed 2017-05-10 07:10:41 -0400
  • Barbara Koester
    signed 2017-05-10 07:03:09 -0400
  • Emily Teel
    signed 2017-05-10 07:00:14 -0400
  • Bridget Mead
    signed 2017-05-10 06:52:07 -0400
  • Jeff Leupold
    signed 2017-05-10 06:37:39 -0400
  • Sylvia Beck
    signed 2017-05-10 06:24:31 -0400
  • Jeff Goldman
    signed 2017-05-10 06:02:50 -0400
    Jeff Goldman
  • Marsha Moss
    signed 2017-05-10 05:58:47 -0400
  • Mario Tamborello
    signed 2017-05-10 05:04:50 -0400
    The PPA has become the enemy of the people!
  • Patricia Tahan
    signed 2017-05-10 03:10:18 -0400
    Patricia Tahan
  • B. Gargiulo
    signed 2017-05-10 02:20:40 -0400
  • Jen Tepel
    signed 2017-05-10 00:31:03 -0400
  • Lydia Brennan
    signed 2017-05-10 00:23:05 -0400
  • Darlene Alu
    signed 2017-05-09 23:33:16 -0400
  • Meredith Jones
    signed 2017-05-09 23:31:30 -0400