Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's Illegal For You, But A Civic Good If We Do It

(Mt. Sterling, OH)- Funny, I thought the City of Indianapolis was against billboards, because they are "ugly" and an "eyesore".

So, here's the City, after removing some commercial billboards after a protracted legal struggle, now installing some of it's own. I guess all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. From the Indy Star report:
A citywide campaign encouraging residents to report crimes launched today as community leaders unveiled a new billboard conveying the message: "It's not snitching -- it's caring."
While city leaders have always embraced the movement, this is the first year it has become a "major city initiative", said Marcus Barlow, a spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard.
So, shame on me. I was once excited by Mayor Ballard, seemingly in tune with the rights of the people. Forgive me, but in retrospect, I think I was more excited just to see Bart Peterson unelected. 

Some day I'll learn not to get excited when a Republican or Democrat is elected to replace a proven loser. How's that Who song go?

1 comment:

Patriot Paul said...

Good point. Apparently, these are being restricted to high crime areas where neighbors normally bashful and be emboldened to take a stand. But you're correct. Seems like a contridiction.
ps: Anderson, Indiana also is putting up a digital billboard close to the interstate exit and had to use a variance to accomplish it, to advertise racino. If we are going to use in-your-face billboards to get attention, how does that resolve the original intention of removing signs as clutter to clean up the appearance of Indiana?