When is a billboard not a billboard?

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By Christina Knott. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

The city of Watertown wrestled with the idea of allowing a billboard on the side of a truck in 1919. Fears were that "Public Square will look like a flock of circus posters if all truck and automobile dealers carry out the plan.”

One hundred years later, the city is still wrestling with the signage ordinances in Public Square after a local business proposed installing an LED sign in the area.

From billboards to golf courses, Kelly Burdick and Christina Knott discuss how city ordinances help make up a community for better or worse and how decisions sometimes stir controversy that lasts years or even decades.

Episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other.

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