Face-Off Face-Off

In Flagstaff, AZ, legal battle, courts ruled businesses can change the faces of their grandfathered signs. By Jennifer Flinchpaugh “The provision stipulated that if a grandfathered sign’s message was changed, or if more than 10% of any part of the sign was modified, it must be brought into conformance.” The neighboring Grand Canyon is more […]

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Is Blockbuster Decision a Blockbuster?

Here’s a Video Update on the case of trademarked logos and signs in Tempe, AZ By Wade Swormstedt “The Ninth circuit court of Appeals stopped short of declaring that the city must permit such federally registered logos in signs. It only stated that city could not require alterations of trademarks for aesthetic purposes.” A federal […]

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Some Policy Considerations For Sign Legislation

Subjective Reasons For Sign Control By Dr. R.J. Claus Part 3 of a series An argument that the opponents of commercial signage in general and of billboards in particular have recently presented in order to limit the “proliferation of signs” in our society is that signs cause “information overload.” Given the imperfect state of knowledge […]

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Sign Codes and the Need for Advocacy

In Part- II of a speech given at the Eight-Sheet Outdoor convention in San Francisco, R. James Claus looks specifically at the anatomy of a sign code and some regulatory approaches. By R. James Claus Objectives in code writing The goals of sign industry involvement in the code writing process should include these two: That […]

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Some Policy Considerations For Sign Legislation

By Dr. R.J. Claus INTRODUCTION The following series articulates some of the problems of various North American cities in dealing with the visual environment. It is not within the scope of this series to resolve these questions, nor to wrestle with any of the legal subtleties inherent iii them, nor to suggest specific qualifications of […]

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Variance Standards

Ordinances vary from state to state, but the granting of a variance typically depends on proving a public need or unique circumstances. By Bob Aran Rules are made to regulate. There is an exception to every rule. These two axioms were probably written as generic explanations for Murphy’s Law. In the sign industry, the hope […]

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The Economic Values of the On-Premise Sign

As a member service project, the National Electric Sign Association has teamed up with a well known researcher to produce a 22-page study underlying the importance of the on-premise sign. Here is an encapsulation of Ray Anderson’s findings. The economic importance of the on-premise sign is, in one sense, the premise that underpins the industry. […]

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The Dollar and Cents Value of the On-Premise Sign

by R. T. Anderson, Director of Research, National 3M, Bedford Park, Ill. This is the first of three comprehensive installments being presented as a service to the sign industry in general and to individual sign salesmen in particular. Based on extensive research conducted by 3M National, the series will explore in depth the concept of […]

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Hatching a Plan for Property Rights

Excerpts from Sen. Orrin Hatch’s keynote address at the National Sign Users’ Conference on Sign Regulation and Marketing By Wade Swormstedt “I believe government regulation [of signs] has been burdensome, often times unconstitutional.” At the Intl. Sign Assn.’s (ISA) Sign Expo ’98 in Orlando, Sen. Hatch questioned the constitutionality of sign regulation. The above-mentioned conference, […]

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First Amendment Aspects of Takings

By Karen E. Claus, JD Phd This month, the author examines the First Ammendment aspects of takings by looking at the cases of Linmark Assoc., Inc. et. al. v. Township of Willingboro et. al., which concerned real estate signage. and Omni Outdoor Adv Inc. v. The City of Columbia. SC. and Columbia Outdoor Adv., which […]

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