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This is crazy, these pictures look like they're from a dystopian future. Can you imagine if this happened in the U.S.?

Some might say it looks like a utopian future :)

Exactly. I live in a place with a bit less ad clutter than usual, so it's the US cities that look dystopian to me :).

Point well taken! It would be nice to live in that city I must admit :)

It would be amazing, especially if they also tore down all the billboards instead of leaving them up and blank.

I don't think it’s so bad leaving the blank advertising stands. They act as a reminder for how things used to be. Humans are remarkably adaptable and it’s very easy for us to forget changes in our environment. As an example, my local city council banned HGVs (heavy goods vehicles) from the city centre about 10 years ago and it made a huge difference to quality of life for other road users (particularly pedestrians and cyclists) with regard to noise levels and air quality. However, within a few weeks, most of us just took the change for granted and forgot how bad things used to be. Every so often, I make a conscious effort to remind myself of positive changes that have happened as it’s far too easy to focus only on the negative aspects of one’s current situation. The empty advertising stands serve as visual cues for such appreciation. I’d also add that the bare structures have a certain symbolic value.

HGV meaning semi-trucks and other CDL class vehicles? Just want to be clear. I wish my city did that, or at least banned the multitrailer trucks where they have 1-2 more trailers attached.

I had to look up those terms. We use different terminology in Ireland but it looks like we're talking about the same class of vehicles (also generally referred to as articulated lorries [1])

The ban[2] specifically refers to trucks with 5 axles or more and proscribes them from entering the city centre between 7am and 7pm. Previously, there was a large amount of trucks driving through main thoroughfares to access Dublin Port but before introducing the ban, the local authorities finished constructing a tunnel and motorway to bypass the city so the truck drivers have viable alternative routes.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_goods_vehicle

[2] http://www.dublincity.ie/hgv

One can dream...

In addition to the already mentioned Hawaii, there are already other limitations on billboards in the US:


Correct. I grew up in Vermont. No billboards allowed and the State will come after you if you try to get funny about it and test the limits.

I can remember this technology being used on rap videos from the early to mid 1990s.

Yeah, US drivers wouldn't get distracted by flashing billboards.

Most forms of outdoor advertising are banned in Hawai‘i.

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