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Scenic Day in Austin – March 21st

We hope you will join us for a scenic gathering in Austin on March 21. In addition to learning about various scenic programs, pending legislation, and Scenic Austin activities, you will get to meet like-minded folks from the rest of the State. These face-to-face gatherings always help to inspire and invigorate us to continue our […]

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Appeals Court Guts the Texas Highway Beautification Act

On August 26th, the Austin Court of Appeals issued an opinion declaring that key sections of the Texas Highway Beautification Act (TxHBA) are unconstitutional.  As a result, TxDOT’s authority to regulate billboards is eliminated.  This decision (Auspro Enterprises v. Texas Department of Transportation) finds that the bulk of the TxHBA is unconstitutional because it violates […]

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Unexpected court ruling delivers setback to Texas Highway Beautification Act

Houston Chronicle – Opponents of billboards and other signs along Texas roadways reacted on Monday with dismay to an appeals court decision striking down significant portions of the Texas Highway Beautification Act, saying the ruling could lead to a litany of signs along federally funded highways. Read full story  

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23 Texas Cities Earn Prominent Scenic City Certification in 2016

Cities recognized for excellence in scenic standards, total number of certified cities grows to 66 HOUSTON – Twenty-three Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification through the Scenic City Certification Program, a project of Scenic Texas. The Scenic City program supports and recognizes cities for commitment to high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public […]

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New Studies Indicate Digital Billboards Compromise Driver Safety: New studies confirm the evidence 

A review of recent research on driver distraction near digital billboards finds increased evidence the bright, constantly changing digital billboards negatively impact traffic safety. The compendium highlights new studies proving digital billboards are attracting longer and more frequent glances from drivers than do static signs. The compendium’s author, engineering psychologist Jerry Wachtel of the Veridian Group, said […]

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Scenic Austin rallies all who care about Austin to oppose digital billboards

In late 2015, the leading owner of outdoor advertising billboards in Austin asked the city to permit conversion of existing billboards across Austin into digital, changeable message boards that would switch advertisements as often as every eight seconds.  Currently, city ordinances prohibit such conversion. In opposition to this billboard industry request, Scenic Austin,led by Scenic […]

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20 Texas Cities Earn Scenic City Certification in 2015

Twenty (20) Texas municipalities have been awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas in 2015. Seven are certified for the first time, and 13 are re-certifying their status, bringing the total certified cities in Texas to 58. Read the full press release here. Cities earning first-time certification or re-certification in 2015 […]

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Galveston Hosts Presentation on Secrets of Successful Cities

Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow for the Urban Land Institute and former Scenic America President, spoke to Galveston elected officials and residents on Monday, May 11 about careful development. Click here to view Ed’s presentation. News articles: http://www.galvnews.com/business/free/article_e77180a8-f9f2-11e4-8158-bb2e31546ae2.html http://www.galvnews.com/opinion/editorials/free/article_7df96d08-f9f1-11e4-a48c-8bef1b486bcb.html

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Texas Supreme Court rules in favor of the State over Clear Channel Outdoor

Austin – April 29, 2015 – Today, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Texas in a lawsuit filed by Clear Channel Outdoor involving condemnation costs to acquire billboards that stood in the way of the widening of the Katy Freeway (IH-10) in Houston bringing to close an eight-year court battle […]

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Conroe Declares Billboard-free ETJ

North Houston Association, Scenic Texas and City of Conroe Cooperation On March 11, 2015, the City of Conroe passed an amendment to its sign ordinance to extend Conroe’s prohibition on new billboards to include its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  Conroe took this action in light of Grand Parkway construction.  The North Houston Association and Scenic Texas had consulted with […]

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