Melbourne's billboards have been in the firing line recently. This week on ABC Radio, City of Melbourne councillor Fraser Brindley said he wasn't into their "tarty commercialism" in the urban landscape. Landscape architect at Melbourne University Ray Green wonders about making, "the form and the visual appearance of those signs compatible with the character of those areas."
ABC RADIO 31.01.07
Can inner Melbourne accommodate gaudy 21st century billboards or should they be a little more sober, maybe with a Brunswick Green frame?
I don't think the MCC should be too fussed though, the Federal Government has allowed the erection of a 40m wide by 10m tall billboard on land it owns near the airport - advertising toilet paper.
THE AGE 01.02.07
There is also talk of the Melbourne City Council designating certain street corners as suitable for clusters of large billboards (read Times Square / Piccadilly Circus / Shinjuku?). The lucky corners are all along Bourke Street. The reasoning seems to be that this would allow other streets to be ad-free.
THE AGE 31.01.07