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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  • Charles Spiroff
    signed 2017-05-09 18:50:10 -0400
  • Robert Hirsh
    signed 2017-05-09 18:36:18 -0400
  • Ann Ku
    signed 2017-05-09 18:35:35 -0400
  • Thomas Kammerdiener
    signed 2017-05-09 18:28:26 -0400
  • Arden Browning
    signed via 2017-05-09 18:26:26 -0400
    Arden Browning
  • Joan Johnson
    signed 2017-05-09 18:14:55 -0400
  • Cynthia Bayer
    signed 2017-05-09 18:04:39 -0400
  • Eleanor Kazdan
    signed 2017-05-09 17:58:22 -0400
  • Shawn Reilly
    signed 2017-05-09 17:57:06 -0400
    There is already enough visual garbage in our city. I visit beautiful foreign cities, and there is none of this clutter. They are cleaner, visually, and I strive to make my city that way.

    And, as if to add insult to injury, the fees for these bilboards will not flow into the neighborhoods they’re congesting? No. It shall not happen.
  • Corey Fedorowich
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:56:38 -0400
  • Mary Tracy
    signed 2017-05-09 17:56:24 -0400
  • Paul Kelly
    signed 2017-05-09 17:56:05 -0400
  • David Kagan
    signed 2017-05-09 17:53:08 -0400
  • Christina Stasiuk
    signed 2017-05-09 17:51:33 -0400
    How our neighborhood looks is the result of relationships developed to curate a reflection of the community. These are undesired interlopers that benefit an unpopular agency. Just “No!”
  • Bj Sulik
    signed 2017-05-09 17:50:23 -0400
  • Joan Cullen
    signed 2017-05-09 17:48:26 -0400
  • ali salehmohamed
    signed 2017-05-09 17:46:09 -0400
  • Talmage Brennan
    signed 2017-05-09 17:41:01 -0400
    I spent years, along with many of my neighbors, working to reclaim and maintain Palumbo Park. Any parks defaced with billboards are likely to see increased vandalism. Read this as you like.
  • Ben-Zion Friedman
    signed 2017-05-09 17:39:33 -0400
    No billboards
  • Jami-lyn Garey
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:38:41 -0400
    Jami-lyn Garey
  • Dylan Wells
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:36:19 -0400
    Dylan Wells
  • Gayle Samuels
    signed 2017-05-09 17:26:44 -0400
  • James Warren
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:26:32 -0400
  • Cynthia Kishinchand
    signed 2017-05-09 17:25:49 -0400
    We all should be working together to increase the parkland in the city so every Philadelphia lives within a 10-minute walk of a park. Even one billboard by a park or in a residential area is one too many. Have you every met someone who said, “I would like to live in a neighborhood with billboards?” Studies show we need to have calm settings. I trust the powers that be will review their decision for the permit and see the light of day, not billboards, in William Penn’s “greene countrie towne.”
  • Bonnie Saporetti
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-09 17:24:51 -0400
    The PPA is terrible and so are billboards that don't financially support the city in any way
  • Bonnie Saporetti
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:22:37 -0400
  • Joanne Werdel
    signed 2017-05-09 17:22:03 -0400
  • Aaron Goldblatt
    signed 2017-05-09 17:16:38 -0400
    PPA already has a couple of dubiously legal, and poorly maintained billboards on their lot behind the main Free Library (1900 Callowhill). We do not need more of the same, only bigger.
  • Herb Moskovitz
    signed 2017-05-09 17:16:23 -0400
  • Michael Zuckerman
    signed 2017-05-09 17:13:09 -0400