I attended a small meeting last night here in Asutin that dealt with the city's current postering ordinance that was put into place in the mid-90's. We discussed the recent overturning of a similar ordinance in Seattle (I can't find the thread, I know there's one on here - Clay can you help me?) and we are currently forming a strategy to create a 'working ordinance' in Austin that we can propose to the city.
I'm hoping some of you can point me toward online resources regarding the laws in your area. We'd like to be armed with as much info as possible for the upcoming mayoral election.
But, aside from a general postering ordinance, I started thinking about "posterart kiosks." Places where poster artists can post their creations that promote community and entertainment events and not worry about them being covered with "lost cat" or "lose 30lbs in 30 days!" flyers. I picture walls designated in various pedestrian-active locations that can be somehow monitored and maintained by a group of volunteers. Of course, this creates some tricky issues, like who is considered an "artist" and what is considered poster art and how to prevent taggers and whether or not to include political material... the list goes on. But I want to somehow help legitamize posters as art and celebrate them in the community, rather than have people resent us for 'littering' the city while randomly postering.
Anyway, all thoughts on this matter are appreciated. I was inspired by the talk last night to get the ball rolling. Thanks -Mark