Please join us for Scenic Philadelphia’s Summer Soirée, celebrating 25 years of protecting the visual character of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and the beauty of its scenic vistas, on Wednesday, July 13from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Presidential City’s Sora Pool Club.
Click play above to watch a recent NBC10 segment on this billboard.
Towering over the sanctuary of the Chinese Christian Church and peering into the windows of newly renovated loft apartments is a huge billboard owned by Steen Outdoor Advertising. Steen wants to replace the existing billboard with a digital billboard whose bright flashing messages will change every 8 seconds. Local residents are opposed.
Scenic Philadelphia is representing Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, Callowhill Neighbors, the Chinese Christian Church and Post Brothers in this case. This sign is located within the Vine Street Parkway Area which prohibits the erection of new billboards and any reconstruction or changes to existing billboards.
Another digital billboard case will be heard later this fall:
400 North 5th Street – Date to be determined
These hearings are opportunities for all Philadelphians to come out and influence the way your city looks. For more information on any of these hearings, or if you have questions about the visual environment in your neighborhood, please contact Scenic Philadelphia at 215-731-1775.
Scenic Philadelphia – Public Voice for Public Space, our mission is to promote healthy, vibrant and beautiful public spaces throughout all of Philadelphia through the use of education, advocacy, and legal action from the sidewalk to the skyline.
Scenic Philadelphia was founded in 1990 as a grassroots coalition to stop the proliferation of billboards in Philadelphia. Victory came in 1991, when Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed two comprehensive sign-control ordinances. Passage of this legislation was attributed to the coalition’s success in mounting an extensive media campaign to educate and activate community leaders citywide.