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Clear Channel non-conforming billboards coming down
on 2/16/2012 @ 1:41pm
|I predicted it would never happen...but it is. Clear Channel is beginning to remove some non-conforming billboards. In just the last couple of days 2 of the 6 non-conforming boards in the Proctor district have been removed. It's nice to have some new patches of sky to look at. Thanks to all the advocates of sensible billboard policy here at feedtacoma for keeping up the efforts. Looks like it's beginning to pay off.
by NineInchNachos on 2/16/2012 @ 2:02pm
by KevinFreitas on 2/16/2012 @ 2:06pm
|Such great news! Have you spoken to any of the workers on site @fredo to find out if it is indeed at Clear Channel's request they're being removed or the building owner?|
by fredo on 2/16/2012 @ 2:23pm
|Never saw any work crew. I heard from an unnamed source (let's just call him "Marty") that they were taking some down. I can confirm that they are.|
by KevinFreitas on 2/16/2012 @ 2:29pm
|If a certain local lawyer (let's just call him "Erik") still blogged here and not just on Facebook you'd already have seen a pic he posted of the take down. ;)|
by tacoma1 on 2/16/2012 @ 3:25pm
|Finally a little good news in T Town.|
by JesseHillFan on 2/17/2012 @ 7:13am
|Now the digital ones will likely go up.|
by fredo on 3/5/2012 @ 3:31pm
The two billboard faces on top of the Radio Shack located at N. 26th and Proctor are now gone as well.
by Jesse on 3/5/2012 @ 7:56pm
|Wasn't the date to conform March 1, 2012?|
by Non Sequitur on 3/6/2012 @ 1:26pm
|Billboards along SR-509 are now blank. A precursor?
by fredo on 3/10/2012 @ 6:11pm
The Proctor billboards which were removed were not taken down in order to comply with the city code but rather because they were so old they were structurally unsound. The supports were rotten and they were being stabilized with come-a-longs. Sorry to have report this.
by Jesse on 3/10/2012 @ 6:15pm
Clear Channel: Still assholes.
by boearc on 3/11/2012 @ 10:38am
|Fred, while the roof-top Proctor billboards may have not come down by the billboard code removal enforcement portion of the code, it is likely that the updated rules and regulations in the billboard code which do not allow for a non-conforming billboard to be improved resulted in the removal decision (so by code, the structure could not be 'rebuilt' as that would be improving a non-conforming structure - therefore, it had to be removed). Similar removals have happend on other roof-top billboards as well (e.g. 9th and Pacific downtown). What seems to be lost in the fervor for removal, is that new adopted code allows for code enforcement of blighted structures - so while the City may not be enforcing removal at this time, it does require maintenance and upkeep (just like non-conforming houses, etc...). So since the moratorium, there has been a reduction of billboards in Tacoma (minor I agree) and no digital billboards (except I-5 on tribal land).|
by fredo on 3/11/2012 @ 10:47am
| David Boe, thanks for the clarification. yes things seem to be moving in the right direction even if it's at a snails pace. |
Every non-conforming structure will come down when rot or rust is allowed to interact.
I think people are rightfully dismayed that code enforcement against average citizens is taken seriously while code enforcement against companies with staffs of attorneys is neglected. Beyond the obvious unfairness, this arrangement also provides for a corrosive attitude toward government in general. IMO it would be better to move this entire embattlement into the courts and get the issues resolved once and for all.
by NineInchNachos on 3/11/2012 @ 4:18pm
|Thanks David Boe!|
by Jesse on 3/11/2012 @ 5:27pm
|Muriatic acid and a plastic pump sprayer anyone?|
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