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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  • Dori Bova
    signed 2017-05-09 17:12:47 -0400
    This is a big “NO”.

    Shame on City Council, PPA, and especially Darrell Clarke!
  • Jacob Overholt
    signed via 2017-05-09 17:10:05 -0400
  • Beth Auguste
    signed 2017-05-09 17:07:55 -0400
  • Christopher Storb
    signed 2017-05-09 17:07:34 -0400
  • Mary Ellen Weber
    signed 2017-05-09 17:07:20 -0400
    Mary Ellen Weber
  • Josh Kodroff
    signed 2017-05-09 16:58:18 -0400
  • Alexandra Leszczynski
    signed via 2017-05-09 16:54:43 -0400
  • Joanne Aitken
    signed 2017-05-09 16:50:07 -0400
  • Andrea mikesell
    signed 2017-05-09 16:47:45 -0400
    This is a terrible and uncreative move. Rather than helping communities, the PPA is choosing the easy and tacky route with this money grabbing decision (with all profits going to the PPA) and add ugly to the neighborhood. The PPA should realize that if they work with the communities, rather than against them, they could do good work, rather than riling up members of the community with these ridiculous decisions.
  • doug powley
    signed via 2017-05-09 16:46:42 -0400
    billboards are trashy
  • Nella Genovese
    signed 2017-05-09 16:44:56 -0400
  • Eileen Barbash
    signed 2017-05-09 16:43:59 -0400
  • Max Cooper
    signed 2017-05-09 16:39:35 -0400
  • Robert Lucas
    signed 2017-05-09 16:38:44 -0400
  • David Brodie
    signed 2017-05-09 16:35:22 -0400
  • Eileen Goldman
    signed 2017-05-09 16:34:16 -0400
  • Georgeann Lenard
    signed 2017-05-09 16:33:59 -0400
  • George Mostoller
    signed 2017-05-09 16:30:52 -0400
    George Mostoller
  • Marjorie Rosenblum
    signed 2017-05-09 16:30:15 -0400
  • Freda Egnal
    signed 2017-05-09 16:25:49 -0400
  • George Dowdall
    signed 2017-05-09 16:24:57 -0400
  • William Brown
    signed via 2017-05-09 16:24:40 -0400
    Please don’t do this. It’s a blight on the neighbourhood
  • Diane Pieri
    signed 2017-05-09 16:22:07 -0400
  • Katie Schank
    signed 2017-05-09 16:21:58 -0400
  • James Campbell
    signed 2017-05-09 16:21:41 -0400
    I thought we were a World Heritage City! This is a disgrace.
  • Bruce Pearson
    signed 2017-05-09 16:21:30 -0400
  • Thomas A Bartlett
    signed 2017-05-09 16:21:21 -0400
  • Eric Ashleigh
    signed via 2017-05-09 16:19:55 -0400
  • Douglas Robbins
    signed 2017-05-09 16:19:47 -0400
    This is terrible.
  • Rachel DuPlessis
    signed 2017-05-09 16:17:33 -0400