chris/CO149 (co149) wrote,
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Seattle poster ban repealed

in 1994 the CIty of Seattle passed an ordinance prohibiting the posting of posters on telephone poles, citing concerns for utility worker, fire and traffic safety. This ordinance has been overturned ( see http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/opindisp.cfm?docid=491041MAJ )

The City did extablish some kiosks, though, to mitigate the impact on public speech. Eleven of them. According to the appeals judge:


One cannot say with a straight face that the City's installation of 11 kiosks is an adequate replacement in a city of this size for the multitude of poles that have been used for posting. The small number of kiosks is not ample.


The rest of the opinion is in a similar vein, once you cut through the obfuscation of references and citations. The City got slammed. Too bad it only took eight years...
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