Signs of our times: More ugly billboards on the way

24 Sep

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

While we’ve all been focused on the battle against the giant billboard eyesore on Lowell Street near Route 1, outdoor advertising companies have been lining up to erect even greater monstrosities in other Peabody locations. If you think that the static sign next to the Subway sub shop infringes on your quality of life, wait until you see what’s about to happen elsewhere in Ward 5.

Two giant, flashing digital billboards have been approved for Route 1, and now comes a third, which will soon go before the city council for approval. Welcome to Peabody’s version of the Las Vegas Strip.

Cove Outdoor Advertising is hoping to win city council approval to erect a 14 by 48 feet digital sign on Route 128 near Jubilee Drive. The city, meanwhile, stands to make $25K annually on each one of these eyesores. I know that Peabody needs revenue right now, but are we willing to destroy our community aesthetically for this sort of incremental revenue?

It’s definitely time for the city council to come up with some guidelines on how many of these we’ll allow in our community.  It’s also important that they ask some serious questions when Cove comes before them for a permit on this latest sign.

Here’s the link to the full article in the Salem News.

Please let me know what you think in the comments section.

4 Responses to “Signs of our times: More ugly billboards on the way”

  1. anonymous September 24, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    Just one more reason why the makeup of this council needs to change. Maybe if they spent our tax dollars a little more wisely they wouldn’t need the measly 25k in revenue from a billboard.

  2. thegoodfight September 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I have lived in Peabody since the late nineties, and compared to other communities in which I have resided, Peabody has a very long history of giving up beauty, education and quality of life for low taxes. What happens overtime is that at some point the payoff begins to reverse itself and even the lure of low taxes cannot take the place of losing the growth, character and beauty of a community. The signs are just another example of that erosion.

    • anonymous too September 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      I could not of said it better myself ,,thank you

  3. Anonymous September 24, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    This is all you need to know.

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