"Blank Billboards of the BQE" by Sarah Crofts
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Its not a "Sign of the times" and it's not a "recession"... It's a legal battle called Local Law 31. Bloomberg wants to beautify the city so he's forcing these bill boards to go blank but they end up getting vandalized with graffiti. Local Law 31 states Billboards are not allowed within 200 feet of an arterial highway or park, and a sign’s surface area must not exceed 500 square feet. Signs built before 1979 have a grandfathered exemption. Unfortunately it doesn't state anything about having to remove the billboard, it just can't be used for advertising purposes. If you google it you can read all about the legal battle.
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