Squilla’s Digital Billboard Measure Concedes Too Much For Too Little

 

“A digital sign installed on the historic Lit Bros. building in January. A half-dozen more are planned between Seventh and 13th Streets.” | Photo: Steven M. Falk, for The Inquirer

“A digital sign installed on the historic Lit Bros. building in January. A half-dozen more are planned between Seventh and 13th Streets.” | Photo: Steven M. Falk, for The Inquirer

  • The Inquirer‘s Inga Saffron comes out strongly against Mark Squilla’s bill allowing “Urban Experiential Displays” in Center City, deeming them more intrusive, more distracting, more pervasive, and less lucrative for the City than the geographically confined illuminated sign district on East Market Street, now beaming ads into the living rooms of Washington Square-area apartments. “In an age when government can barely fund the basics,” she concludes, “dangling such funding [$5.2 million over the next quarter-century] before the city is awfully tempting. But in selling off the public realm for billboards, this bill will do more harm than good.”
  • Naked Philly stops by Brewerytown, taking note of 32 apartment units coming to that neighborhood: 16 units (and two retail spaces) in MM Partners’ Braverman Building on the northeast corner of Taney & Girard, and 16 units within the relatively completed conversion of the former St. Augustine’s Church of the Covenant at 27th & Girard. “And if you consider the 70 units and 10 homes coming soon across the street at 27 Girard, this block is poised for even more change in the coming years,” says the blog.
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