Judge OK's Limiting Big Billboards in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that New York City can severely limit the number of billboards placed along its roadways.
Judge Paul Crotty ruled against two companies that own hundreds of billboards in a decision Tuesday. The companies had argued that the city was discriminating against their billboards since smaller signs are allowed throughout the city.
But Crotty wrote that it was appropriate for the city to value small signs on lampposts, taxicabs and phone booths that create harmony in an otherwise chaotic streetscape.
He said allowing the small signs doesn't stop the city from restricting large billboards that can distract motorists and lead to accidents.