Ban billboards
  • Petitioned City of Portland, OR

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City of Portland, OR

Ban billboards

    1. Petition by

      Free the Billboards

      Portland, OR

The average urban dweller is subjected to upwards of 3,000 ads per day, many of them in the form of outdoor advertising in public space. This psychological attack takes an unquantifiable toll on our mental health. Giant ads for burgers, SUVs and fake tans loom over our Portland streets, with low-income neighborhoods disproportionately targeted with ads for casinos and liquor. Our eyeballs are bought and sold at the profit of corporations, and we are never asked permission. Drivers and bikers are distracted by the large signs that flank the streets. Local businesses suffer and residential property values near billboards decrease as our unique Portland character is paved over with corporate messaging.

Does this sound like Portland? A city that prides itself in art, bikes, and local business? We are here to reclaim the visual space in our neighborhoods, to demand the detoxification of our mental space. We want to be able to choose what we look at in our communities. We are here to tell the the city that we are more than mere consumers to be marketed to; we are a living, breathing, culture.

Maine, Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, Sao Paulo, Brazil and most recently Houston, Texas have all banned billboards. Let's join them.  Please sign this petition if you would like billboards to be banned in Portland.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lea Gillette HOLUALOA, HI
      • about 1 year ago

      As a new resident of Portland and coming from Hawaii where billboards are banned, I'm appalled by these massive and painfully ugly advertisements. They greatly decrease the quality of life and make the city considerably less attractive.

    • Marika Liebman PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      To allow us to create and share beauty in public spaces and celebrate this in meaningful ways. Because we are more than the consumer culture we are subjected to

    • Esther Yan PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      Billboard space can be used for more creative and engaging purposes. Ads are consuming us!

    • Kristen Smith PORTLAND, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      I'm tired of being bombarded by ads!!!! I want to see more art that contributes to understanding each other and our world.

    • mimi allin SEATTLE, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      This is important to me because I am a product of my environment and when I am bombarded from all sides by advertisement, my energy grows low, but when I can see the horizon and the trees and other people, I connect and feel more human.


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