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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  • Roe Ferry
    signed 2017-06-21 23:12:01 -0400
  • Andrew Nelson
    signed 2017-06-13 06:12:54 -0400
  • Ruth I Birchett
    signed 2017-06-12 12:57:08 -0400
  • Nicole Yarbrough
    signed 2017-06-09 16:56:47 -0400
    Billboards will be an eyesore in our neighborhoods, advertise products that adversely impact the overall conditions of our residents, take money out of our city away from independent business owners, and do not belong in dense areas of the city.
  • Nancy Kantra
    signed 2017-05-31 22:54:09 -0400
    Absolutely no billboards advertising chain restaurants. If folks want to raise awareness of the Arts and Education and Keeping the City litter free and the $ will go to support the Arts, Public Education and Clean and Safe Streets I could support the notion.
  • Rochelle Bilal
    signed 2017-05-31 06:41:21 -0400
    Hell No!!! They don’t want us to drink soda claming for our health and tax that out of control, so it’s ok to advertise bad things for our health, really! !! Say No.
  • Jessamyn Melnicoff coff
    signed 2017-05-30 10:21:22 -0400
    No more please!
  • Christopher Bryan
    signed 2017-05-28 16:48:17 -0400
  • Mike Conway
    signed 2017-05-22 21:56:57 -0400
  • Everett Wilde
    signed 2017-05-19 01:12:07 -0400
    Would love to do some door to door visits as many folks do not likely know about this and would act against it.
  • Matt Stern
    signed 2017-05-18 18:28:37 -0400
    As a resident of EPX, I don’t want billboards in my neighborhood without community input and a clear articulation of community benefit e.g., how will the advertising dollars be used? Will they go to the local community or nearby communities in need of critical funding?
  • Jess Schmitz
    signed 2017-05-18 15:08:44 -0400
  • brenda mccleary
    signed 2017-05-18 09:50:11 -0400
  • Geo verg
    signed 2017-05-17 11:25:20 -0400
    Absolutely not!
  • Shaun Cerborino
    signed 2017-05-16 11:12:49 -0400
  • Natalie Ross
    signed 2017-05-15 13:13:52 -0400
  • vivek tomer
    signed 2017-05-14 10:23:33 -0400
  • Kelly Kuhar
    signed 2017-05-14 09:37:43 -0400
  • James Stills
    signed 2017-05-14 07:31:49 -0400
    No Billboard in my neighborhood
  • Rebecca Canright
    signed 2017-05-13 22:12:10 -0400
  • Frances Hahn
    signed 2017-05-13 21:55:58 -0400
  • Nicole Kahn
    signed 2017-05-13 21:19:27 -0400
    PLEASE leave billboards out of residential neighborhoods!
  • Brandon Delp
    signed 2017-05-13 13:47:07 -0400
  • Nadeen Van Tuyle
    signed 2017-05-13 12:06:09 -0400
  • Joanna Bowling
    signed 2017-05-13 11:08:47 -0400
  • Samantha Salamon
    signed 2017-05-13 10:58:22 -0400
  • Roxanne Hewitt
    signed 2017-05-13 10:54:53 -0400
  • Craig Irrgang
    signed 2017-05-13 09:44:56 -0400
  • Ellen OHara
    signed 2017-05-13 09:05:45 -0400
  • Kate Vail
    signed 2017-05-13 04:54:06 -0400