Feds Out Of Control Again!.... Take down Times Square billboards

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Lights out? NYC reportedly under fed pressure to take down Times Square billboards

    Published May 06, 2015
    FoxNews.com

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    Dec. 31, 2014: New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations. (Reuters)

    The feds could be turning the dimmer on the bright lights of New York City, as the Big Apple reportedly faces pressure to remove its iconic oversized billboards from Times Square.


    Capital New York and CBS2 report that a 2012 federal transportation law has ensnared one of the city's most famous attractions, by declaring that the storied Broadway and 7th Avenue intersection -- and other city streets -- fall under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act.


    That law says billboards within 660 feet of a highway can't be more than 1,200 square feet. And Times Square's looming luminous signs certainly fall outside those restrictions.

    Now, city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg reportedly says they're under pressure to get rid of the billboards -- or give up part of the state's federal highway funds.

    "All these billboards, they no longer meet the Highway Beautification Act requirements, and so now we're going to have to go through kind of a complicated process with the state to yank them off because the feds are threatening to take away 10 percent of our money," Trottenberg said, according to Capital New York.

    Bringing Times Square under the Beautification Act may not have been intentional. After all, the Johnson administration-era law was originally meant to clean up rural areas of the country.

    But it's unclear how the city might be able to get out of it.

    Capital New York reports that the city Department of Transportation is talking with its state counterpart and other agencies about how to leave up the billboards, but they haven't yet figured out how.

    CBS2 reports that the city is looking at simply trying to get an exemption from the federal law. According to CBS2, about $90 million in federal highway money is at stake.

    "The signs in Times Square are wonderful. They're iconic. They're not only a global tourist attraction, they're important to the economy," Trottenberg told CBS2, vowing to fight to keep them.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, One Times Square brings in more than $23 million annually from the signs, with companies paying several million apiece for the coveted ad real estate.
     
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    I liked Time Square better when it was Whores and strippers.
     
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    Yup and the $2 movie matinees were awesome...
     
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    I'm with you. I didn't take the bus to the city back then to look at Mickey Mouse posters. I wanted to see "Swedish Sex Stewardesses" and "Emmanuelle Does EVERYBODY!". :jj:
     
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    Cops are being murdered but this is important??????????
     
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    I care more about the fate of these signs than I do about Freddie Gray.
     
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    This fucking country.......
     
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    The government knows what's best.
     
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    Times Square is lame now. Nothing but chain restaurants with $20 hamburgers and $15 beers. The place is devoid of all culture. Let the tourists have it. That leaves far better places within the city more open for people who aren't as easily amused.
     
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    Times Square is such a cool looking place.

    But goddamn do I avoid it like the plague whenever I am in the city.
     
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    :facepalm:

    Good lord, what a fucking travesty.

    This is what happens when you let government get so bloated and huge that one out of every five citizens are in its employ.

    They have to do something to justify their existence. :dontknow:
     
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    Only a mindless government, automaton, drone could look at these pictures taken from highways in Detroit and then come to the conclusion that Times Square is where they should be focusing their efforts. Fucking worse than useless retards. :facepalm:

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    Of all the bureaucratic nonsense :facepalm:
    Does the government need to act like completely mindless tards ALL the time?
    Can any situation be looked at LOGICALLY anymore?

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    I walk by the whole Times Square every morning to work, I love it there's always something cool going on.
     
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    So NYC is afraid of losing 10% of fed money and that's enough to make them listen? I swear to God, the northeast loves to let the fed gov't tell them what to do. Not even fighting it. It makes me sick. They would love all states to be exactly the same. Pssh, 10%. NYC wouldn't even notice. Could be just an excuse to raise taxes in NYC. Annoyed. End rant.
     
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    stayed in Time Square last year.. ... wow fucking worst hotels to try to sleep in on earth...
    it was like sleeping inside a gay unicorns asshole... nothing but lights and asshole noise
     
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    Where did you sleep inside a gay unicorn's asshole?
     
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    hey what's with the personal questions???
     
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    Lower the fucking tolls.:bsflag:
     
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    Go back to this
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