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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  • Kristina Lohre
    signed 2017-05-11 05:04:41 -0400
  • Barbara Blau
    signed via 2017-05-11 03:52:57 -0400
  • Rosemary Ferry
    signed 2017-05-11 01:40:19 -0400
    There are no words to assess the PPA, except maybe clear out the old and put people in that really want to work for the people of this great city.
  • Karen Cherubini
    signed 2017-05-10 22:27:04 -0400
  • Paul Thompson
    signed 2017-05-10 21:43:08 -0400
    We need fewer billboards – how do we get rid of the ones we have now?
  • mark kollman
    signed 2017-05-10 21:26:17 -0400
    I’m boycotting anyone who uses these to advertise!
  • Michael Heaney
    signed 2017-05-10 21:00:45 -0400
    PPA does little for Phila and overpays its managers. Local control!
  • Elizabeth Tomkins
    signed 2017-05-10 20:38:58 -0400
  • Louise Daoust
    signed 2017-05-10 20:23:22 -0400
  • Brad Magarity
    signed 2017-05-10 20:12:01 -0400
    No signs
  • Alexander David
    signed 2017-05-10 19:49:05 -0400
    Alexander David
  • Dustin Minarik
    signed via 2017-05-10 17:50:47 -0400
  • Heidi Wushinske
    signed 2017-05-10 17:46:05 -0400
  • Andrea Minarik
    signed 2017-05-10 17:19:02 -0400
  • Kerry L. Bryan
    signed 2017-05-10 17:04:46 -0400
    Does the PPA need to make $$ to pays for the hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out to provide a “golden parachute” for the former director, who was forced to resign over a sexual harassment scandal?
  • Risa Page
    signed 2017-05-10 17:03:14 -0400
  • Chris Page
    signed 2017-05-10 16:57:14 -0400
  • Kathleen Helbig
    signed 2017-05-10 16:24:15 -0400
  • Matthew Stocum
    signed 2017-05-10 16:15:23 -0400
    Why should the PPA be in the business of advertising, regardless of where the funds go. They are charged with parking enforcement and taxi regulation. In what universe does selling ad space fit with their mission?
  • Ada Picco
    signed 2017-05-10 15:55:01 -0400
  • Lauren Abshire
    signed 2017-05-10 15:29:25 -0400
    How about expanding public art initiatives instead?
  • Dan Carter
    signed 2017-05-10 15:04:04 -0400
    No billboards
  • Chelsea Dalberto
    signed 2017-05-10 14:37:20 -0400
  • Sherrie Williams
    signed 2017-05-10 14:32:10 -0400
    NO BILLBOARDS
  • Arthur Meckler
    signed 2017-05-10 14:17:23 -0400
  • Bruce Marshall
    signed 2017-05-10 13:21:48 -0400
  • Lois DiDomenico
    signed 2017-05-10 13:17:18 -0400
  • Kate Thomer
    signed 2017-05-10 13:06:06 -0400
  • M.L. Wernecke
    signed 2017-05-10 12:44:55 -0400
  • Elyse Ockner
    signed 2017-05-10 12:44:46 -0400
    Stop PPA from erecting billboards in neighborhoods. This city has few enough nice looking areas. Billboards would only make more ugly clutter.