Neighbors not thrilled with new Verizon Center billboards

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  1. LadyStanley

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a734c2-3681-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story.html

    Two year approval process, unanimous approval by city department.

    Estimated to bring in $8-10mm in **tax revenue** to city. (Which may also have an HRR impact.)

    But (residential) neighbors are complaining (and have been for two years) that it's changing the environment of the neighborhood, and concerned about dropping property values. Adjacent condo owners really upset as they loved their city view and now have to keep blinds closed at night.
     
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    I'm guessing that the "which could lead to $8 million to $10 million in tax revenue for the District" line is actually a typo and that number is the total revenue generated (or taxable revenue) not the amount the city receives (or the aggregate over a number of years) - I do not see the screens generating multiple tens of millions of $$$/yr. The article later states "Monumental, which owns the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics, also pays taxes on the billboards’ revenue, said Randall Boe, the company’s executive vice president."

    That said, whatever gross revenues Monumental/The Verizon Center/Caps receive from the screens, 32.5% will be included in HRR - since the Verizon Center is an Affiliated Two-Team Arena.

    Fixed Signage is advertising (inside or outside) that is not specific to just NHL events. Signage used for only NHL events is covered in the next section (R) Temporary Signage.

    edit:

    From when the signage was approved:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...rizon-center/2012/07/29/gJQAEgDuIX_story.html

     
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    Not taking a side here, but would this not fall township-wise under the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy rule (Your planet has been scheduled for demolition for years, the plans were on display at city hall)-ergo "This was decided on, and the meetings and plans were there for all to see-not our fault you didn't look at them"?

    Usually these things are done though channels and townsfolk have the opportunity to come out and speak their mind and plans for all to see.
     
  4. LadyStanley

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    Sounds like there was vehement (residential) neighbor opposition for nearly the entire two years.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2013/10/23/verizon-centers-flashing-billboards/

    More reaction to billboards.
     
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    the photos suggest its not something so bad that a few dozen rocks wouldn't begin to solve ... ;) or worse, eggs. might help convince the arena to turn it off after midnite.

    i like to help. :)
     
  7. SimplySensational

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    The area was a craphole before VC showed up, the woman *****ing about her penthouse apartment probably bought 5 apartments after VC was there.

    Now of course, she is complaining because people like her who think she can decide what people can and cannot do with their private property.
     
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    Turn the brightness on the billboards up to blind the people across the street. No more need to close the blinds after that


    :sarcasm:
     
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    Keeping blinds closed is all that bad? Really? Talk about first world problems.

    Don't see a big deal. Sorry, neighbors.
     
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    Oh, get over it. If they don't like it, they can sell for a zillion dollars to somebody who wants to live right next to a metro, arena, and one of the hottest areas in town. They turn 'em off at midnight, what do you want? I'd trade apartments with her any day.
     
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    kenny rogers roasters..
     
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    Its only on from 6am to midnight.
     
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    This is what they're complaining about? Really? I hate NIMBY's.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Retail1LO*

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    I'm surprised the billboards haven't filed a complaint about having to stare at THAT all GD night. Jesus Christ.
     
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  16. Retail1LO*

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    I'd be all about turning those signs off too if it cast a dark enough shadow over that broad's face that I didn't have to see it. I swear, I want to take a chisel and hammer to whatever that is over her right eye.

    Seriously though...if that picture was taking to make some kind of statement about how horribly impacted her way of life has become as a result of the sign's placement...it fails miserably at rallying me to her support.
     
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    wow, someone call the United Nations for this massive violation of human rights :sarcasm:
     
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    To be fair it looks like she's using a cell phone camera, you're never going to get the proper effect with that. Especially if you take the picture when it's still light out.

    If you live downtown though you should expect a certain amount of light pollution.
     
  19. TheMoreYouKnow

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    These rich a-holes are the worst. "I wanna live in the city, I want to be in a vibrant neighborhood" but then complain it's not like a leafy suburb..

    Here's a hint: It's an entertainment district in a major city, noise + bright lights are to be expected and part of the appeal. If you want your quiet little home, I am sure you can afford a nice house in McLean or something.
     

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