It’s time for community interest to be considered before self-interest. We are seeing a groundswell of Asheville residents responding to the digital billboard installed on Merrimon Avenue; more than 370 people have signed a petition demanding that the digital billboard be removed.
Support this effort by signing the petition to remove the billboard on Merrimon Avenue at http://avl.mx/3r.
Merrimon Avenue is inappropriate for digital billboards due to the dense residential neighborhoods on all sides, and thus [it] is not a true commercial corridor. The billboard’s visual distraction also represents a safety hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists, which is one of the many reasons other cities have banned such billboards. Nearby residents and businesses are concerned about the scale of the sign, which was placed on a front lawn of a house now zoned for business, and the sign’s impact on property values in the immediate area.
Asheville residents cannot wait until 2014 when the city’s agreement with the billboard company is renegotiated. Our community will soon make their feelings known not only to the property owner where the billboard is sited, but also to Fairway Outdoor Advertising and all businesses that choose to advertise at this location.
— Alan Escovitz