Friday, June 26, 2009

Lamar Billboard Saga

Is it end-of-chapter or end-of-story?

Judge Joseph James has upheld the Zoning Board ruling denying permission for construction of a multi-million dollar billboard  downtown --- a billboard that's already mostly completed.  (See the PG and the Trib stories.  Bram Reichbaum's Pittsburgh Comet has the entire ruling online.)

Controversies connected to the handling of the Lamar electronic billboard are woven into a number of big Pittsburgh political and goverment stories of the past couple of years.

This link will let you check out many of my past blog posts on the topic. After clicking the link, scroll to the bottom of the screen.

This PG story also notes that Mayor Ravenstahl has just changed the makeup of the Zoning Board that ruled against the billboard.

More to come.


1 comment:

Bram Reichbaum said...

I thought it noteworthy that our city's Press Secretary, who has been getting a lot of exercise in the newspapers lately, nimbly responded to all kinds of questions on other matters -- but the Lamar stuff she wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

I can think of three logical explanations for that: 1) she doesn't know about it personally, 2) she doesn't WANT to know or talk about it personally, or 2) they (the Administration) don't want to talk about it. Relating to the last one is often the trope of "not wanting to comment on pending litigation", but that does not seem it can be the case right now.