It was recently asked on this site whether the billboards existing in the North End would be allowed in Beacon Hill? We received an amazingly comprehensive answer from a presumed expert and anti-billboard advocate, Rachel Thurlow of the “Scenic Massachusetts” group. The short answer is “Yes” … they exist in Beacon Hill just as in the North End, largely because the regulations against nonconforming and illegal billboards are not enforced. Earlier this Spring, however, we did notice that some of the Beacon Hill billboards were replaced with large scale public art by the North End’s own Nathan Swain. Courtesy of Scenic Mass., here is everything you wanted to know on the status of current neighborhood billboards and the relevant regulations.
Inspectional Services Defers One; Approves Two Other Requests
Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has deferred one request and approved two others. Media Vision proposal to install a new 10.6’ x 36’ digital billboard at 55-59 Causeway Street was deferred. New construction for a Hostel/Hotel at 234 Friend Street received approval. A basement level extension to the building lot line and construction on a Read More…
Greenway Billboards: One Down, Six More To Go
The recent dismantling of a billboard structure along the Greenway is being well-received by those who hate the outdoor advertising platforms. Nearly all of the Greenway billboards were put in place when the Central Artery overhead expressway was still in place. Now that the Greenway parks have replaced the artery, should the billboards remain? One Read More…
Downtown View: How Not to Present a Plan
The Beacon Hill neighborhood faces a situation in which two good goals — handicap accessibility and historic preservation — clash. Any steps taken to achieve those goals should be a win for both. But a presentation on Thursday night was a loss for both. There are rules for success when city officials want to make Read More…
One Reply to “Yes, Billboards are in Beacon Hill and the North End (Even if They’re Illegal)”
Many of these billboards are simply inappropriate especially along the greenway. They should have been taken down with the big dig.
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