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.
Would Such Billboard Ads Be Allowed in Beacon Hill?
Would such billboard ads be allowed in Beacon Hill? That is the question asked by Adam Castiglioni (@ConciergeBoston) in a recent tweet about the billboard on the corner of Salem and Cross Streets across from the Greenway and the North End Parks. Well, the BRA has banned new billboards in several areas of the city, 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…
Group Denying Armenian Genocide Buys North End Billboard
Update: The billboard has been taken down. See this updated post. A group identified as the “Turkic Platform, Istanbul” has purchased a large North End billboard along the Greenway as part of a campaign to deny the 1915-1923 genocide of the Armenian people. The controversial exhibition is located just steps away from the Armenian Heritage Park and its Abstract Sculpture honoring 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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