GOOD magazine recently published its Guide to Better Neighborhoods including one section on billboard removal. They present a series of steps residents and neighborhood groups can take to get a billboard removed including knowing the local sign ordinance, teaming up with a national organization, or using federal money to buy the offending billboard.
I can think of several house-sized billboards around Louisville that I wouldn’t mind seeing fade away, but the one pictured above on Preston Street in Shelby Park is one of the worst. You can see that, unlike the monster in the background, the double billboard is advertising to the city street, not the highway. It overshadows the scale of a shotgun house, doesn’t respect the urban edge setback, and is offering a bottle of gin larger than a car in a domestic setting.
Another example that comes to mind is on the corner of Jefferson & Jackson Streets. A billboard at this corner was once tucked neatly against the facade of a historic building. It was fairly unobtrusive, but when the structure was demolished, the billboard remained. Now it sits like a sore thumb in the middle of a grassy field in the urban core.
Want to take on a billboard in your neighborhood? Check out the GOOD article for more info.