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Philadelphia has so many beautiful structures, views, waterways, and parks that our visual beauty and its protection should be a greater priority to all of us. There are several communities that are feverishly dedicated to enhancing the beauty of their sidewalks and sky lines; more communities need to rise to the occasion. This fact is especially apparent in light of the recent actions of Tacoma, Washington. In a 7-1 vote, Tacoma City Council passed legislation to restrict outdoor advertising. Tacoma’s effort is truly heroic, making the city vulnerable to the financial and legal threats of ClearChannel. It is disheartening that Philadelphia remains clueless despite the fact that Tacoma is willing to place itself on the chopping block in its fight against billboards.
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