Petition: Stop PPA’s Neighborhood Billboard Expansion


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:


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

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  • Venetia Bebi
    signed via 2017-05-11 21:09:23 -0400
  • Alison Dilworth
    signed 2017-05-11 21:05:40 -0400
  • Katie Rovito
    signed 2017-05-11 20:25:56 -0400
  • Timothy Reimer
    signed 2017-05-11 19:46:11 -0400
    Fuck the PPA!
  • Brittany Besier
    signed 2017-05-11 19:42:49 -0400
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2017-05-11 19:23:54 -0400
  • matthew feldman
    signed 2017-05-11 18:21:40 -0400
  • Karin Besier
    signed 2017-05-11 18:15:49 -0400
  • Devon M
    signed 2017-05-11 18:11:49 -0400
    We don’t want these dirtying our neighborhoods just for the PPA’s profit! They make enough already from robbing the citizens with wrongful parking tickets.
  • Trina Gary
    signed 2017-05-11 18:05:43 -0400
    TRINA A. GARY – The installation of billboards of this magnitude in residential neighborhoods is quite disturbing. Such a project is bound to adversely impact property values and cause people to move out of the city. I would like to see exactly where these billboards are being installed.
  • Klaus Besier
    signed 2017-05-11 15:10:56 -0400
    I will boycott all advertisers, how do we get rid of the existing billboards?
  • Becca A
    signed 2017-05-11 14:36:07 -0400
    greedy greedy PPA
  • Michelle Sumner
    signed 2017-05-11 13:39:08 -0400
  • Cathy Hopkins
    signed 2017-05-11 13:34:59 -0400
  • Doug Grainge
    signed 2017-05-11 13:19:26 -0400
    Doug Grainge
  • Samantha Connors
    signed 2017-05-11 11:45:59 -0400
  • Elizabeth Fox
    signed 2017-05-11 11:01:14 -0400
    Elizabeth Fox
  • Jessica Brookstein
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-11 10:59:01 -0400
    Sign the petition: Tell @PhilaParking not to blight our neighborhoods with dozens of new billboards
  • Jessica Brookstein
    signed 2017-05-11 10:58:26 -0400
    Jessica Brookstein
  • Ben Cornelius
    signed 2017-05-11 10:26:40 -0400
    These residential neighborhoods would be blighted by billboard advertising. I am opposed to the billboards in PPA flat-ground parking lots. They are inappropriate for residential neighborhoods.
  • Ellen Kenney
    signed 2017-05-11 10:24:16 -0400
    Billboards are an eyesore and have no place in our city neighborhoods.
  • Victoria Kirkham
    signed 2017-05-11 09:47:52 -0400
  • Erin Owen
    signed 2017-05-11 09:33:16 -0400
    Direct advertising to our children of unhealthy choices, exposing children to inappropriate content, NOT OKAY. Further polluting visual appeal of our neighborhoods, causing space congestion, CONTRADICTS the city’s efforts to make the city environmentally clean and friendly, inviting to tourists and guests, more liveable for citizens. AT A MINIMUM, the locations and content of billboards should be FIRST REVIEWED by neighbors at the neighborhood level and SECOND approved or disapproved by neighbors at the neighborhood level.
  • Jake Thompson
    signed 2017-05-11 09:32:02 -0400
  • Robert Burdash
    signed 2017-05-11 09:22:50 -0400
    Robert Burdash
  • Nancy Regetta
    signed via 2017-05-11 09:08:51 -0400
  • Liz Maillie
    signed 2017-05-11 08:30:48 -0400
  • michael wolf
    signed 2017-05-11 08:06:14 -0400
    We pay enough in taxes, now you want to make our neighborhoods crappy?
  • Nancy Livi
    signed 2017-05-11 07:32:12 -0400
  • Jeff Monjack
    signed 2017-05-11 07:15:15 -0400