Digital Urban Spammers Simply Everywhere
Last week, we featured an apparent hack of the digital billboards in LA by an artist. This week, Rob Walker points us to a detailed examination in the Post Gazette of the ways billboard firms are twisting the arms of municipalities to get old billboards converted into digital ones:
Beginning June 1, Texas will allow digital billboards along state highways, even within cities, if municipalities want them. Houston, Dallas and Austin have bans on new billboards, but San Antonio's city council voted in December to allow 15 digital signs as permanent “experiments,” to the dismay of the San Antonio Conservation Society, Scenic San Antonio, the American Institute of Architects and neighborhood groups.