Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Miami performing arts center. By Geniusofdespair

What is missing? An LED billboard, of course!

Now you're talking! So much better isn't it? The architects would be thankful for this addition to their design.

The proliferation of illegal LED billboards is a huge problem. Many cities in the United States have banned illegal LED billboards. Four states ban billboards entirely.

Yet, in Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami, illegal LED billboards are increasing.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, the hand in glove working together of government and business! Mussolini called it ?
And in Russia its called ?
And in the US its called something or other capitalism.
Free enterprise ueber alles.

Anonymous said...

Your picture is deceitful. You must have had to lean out your car window to get that angle. The billboard is not in between the two buildings. Tricks like this discredit your blog.

Anonymous said...

Illegal LED billboards are disgusting. Unfortunately, City of Miami and Miami-Dade County Commissioners have violated Miami-Dade County's well written Sign Code and allowed several dozen of these giant TV's on sticks. Three of the most distracting and disgusting LED billboards are on Jeff Berkowitz's Children's Museum on Watson Island. Eye on Miami is correct, many cities have banned LED billboards because they are ugly and they deface the environment.

Anonymous said...

Every commuter has a story about a LED billboard they hate. Almost no one sees the ads and everyone gets blinded by the distracting blinking lights, especially at dusk when LED billboards are particularly dangerous. Sleazy lobbyists and greedy politicians are to blame.

Geniusofdespair said...

My picture is deceitful? Of course it is. It is a photoshop creation. And, I was standing on the platform of the metro mover. It is making a point that your pointy head missed: it was a beautiful view, and we have been having our beautiful views trashed. This blog has been discredited long ago by haters who are too stupid to get a point. I can only add fuel to our fire. Did you even read the captions? The irony is: that view is untarnished - I was editorializing.

Anonymous said...

One example of local government selling out.

Anonymous said...

Other examples of ugly things we could possibly ban:

- Bus benches with crass advertising
- The color "neon-" added to any color that might be painted on the side of a building or house
- Chain link fences in front yards

Here's the thing, you can use the argument of capitalism or free speech or freedom of expression, but you don't see that crap in Gables by the Sea. When you live in an urban or suburban area, you give up a lot. You can't grow your grass higher than 11" You can't operate an auto mechanic business in your driveway. You can't put your boat in your driveway. All these codes that surround us are put in place to protect our property values. Therefore, a civil discussion about what should or should not litter our landscape, among elected officials who are charged to represent the public is a reasonable thing to have. If you don't agree, just let me know. I'll arrange for a tall metal sign across the street from your house.

If you want absolute freedom, move somewhere away from anyone else. I might suggest Colorado as a choosing ground. If not, maybe Alaska.

Anonymous said...

Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Greenwich, Ct, Beverly Hills, ... 1,000's of beautiful cities ban all billboards.
Even San Paolo banned, and then removed, 10,000 illegal billboards. Billboards make Miami look crass and Third World. Billboards send a message to tourists and residents that our elected officials ARE FOR SALE.

Anonymous said...

How many people have noticed that the outdoor advertising industry gives a huge amount of money to politicians? Several candidates have gotten dozens of $500 checks from the outdoor advertising industry in a single election. Anyone notice? Hmm.

Barbara said...

Thank you for showing how our unique subtropical community can
and is being debased by illegal LED billboards - thankfully city of Miami commission left out on first reading of a new sign code, permission for thousands of mini LEDs on all businesses throughout the city. Pls make sure this abomination does not creep back in on 2nd reading next month. Commissioners Hardemon and Suarez showed leadership on the issue. This Commission - before Hardemon joined it- approved very very bright LED billboards on the Children's Museum which is also a school but maybe things are improving. The County is getting ready to put signs on all County assets - let them know that it is not in the public interest to get revenues that way

Thanks for all you do

Anonymous said...

The average voter gets NOTHING from ONE more piece of advertising in their day. They already have thousands of impressions....that are more tuned to THEIR taste and more effective. Even digitals are shot gun advertising and unlike ads designed for me...these are just a time waste since I am not in the demographic that happens to be buying a car this week or is sellin me a mattress or wants to listen to some shock jock on the radio.

Anonymous said...

LED billboards are the WORST form of visual pollution.

Anonymous said...

LED billboards are illegal, distracting, and incompatible with Miami's natural beauty. All the beautiful cities which have banned billboards in general have the right idea. There is enough bombardment of ads to residents and tourists already.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone think there is a connection between Commissioners Bruno Barrerio and Marc Sarnoff receiving numerous checks from billboard companies and then becoming the most aggressive supporters of outdoor advertising?

Anonymous said...

A full body portrait of El Comandante Carlos Gimenez in formal dress uniform with sword grasping the reins of a black equine charger would be a most appealing subject for the billboard.

Youbetcha' said...

You know where a billboard would look super? Right there smack centered on that nice square area that words Adrienne Arsht Center are place. What a waste of perfectly lovely retail space.

Who gave Adrienne the right to expect her name to be displayed on such prime LED territory anyway?

Anonymous said...

If Marc Sarnoff loves LED billboards so much why doesn't he sign off on Clear Channel installing a few in the park across the street from his house? Aimed at his windows?

Anonymous said...

Those are two of the dead-ass ugliest buildings in America. Well deserved in Miami.

Geniusofdespair said...

I like their design.

Anonymous said...

Clear Channel's LED billboards make everything look ugly. We have Miami Commish Marc Sarnoff to blame as he is their most effective lobbyist.

Anonymous said...

The Performing Arts Center was projected to cost $240 Mil and the actual cost exceeded $1 Bil. The place loses over $20+ Mil per year. Taxes cover the operating losses and the massive debt service. Yes, Clear Channel and other billboard companies are trying to put up billboards to block the view of the architecture. See billboards south and west of the site.

Anonymous said...

Mr Gables by the Sea, maybe you should check Pat Salerno's, City Manager of the Gables streetscape plan for Miracle Mile. look at the LED signs he has envisioned for Miracle Mile, now that will be beautiful. Look at his Lover's park plan that will be on the Mile. LED's are planned for the ends of the street.

Anonymous said...

There is a massive billboard on the Marquis Condo/Hotel building on 12th Street. It faces the Arsht Center. Right on top of I-395. Huge and obnoxious. Tacky.

Anonymous said...

What bugs me is the fact that just about all our government officials do not care about the LAW. So many of these outdoor signs are just outright illegal. Our so called leaders know it but only care about money.

Anonymous said...

The outdoor advertising industry and its many lobbyists know just how easy it is to buy the votes of sleazy and evil elected officials. Francois Illias, Lucia Dougherty, Vanessa Acosta, Joe Little... so many lobbyists...