I think this is just a premonition of what's to come.
Fast forward a couple of years, add in a ban (semi-optional) on visual advertising a la Sao Paulo, mix with freebee creative advertising, season with flash mob and suddenly our future could become extremely odd and confusing. Anyone who's not a fan of absurdism will have a hard time living in a metropolitan city.
I disagree. There is a large mental overhead associated with these kinds of things and living in cities is all about choosing where to spend ones mental energy - since there isn't enough to see everything.