May 28 2015

Take City Puts Brakes on Bus Ads That Tell Public About Inequality


…From the latest Hollywood blockbuster to a hot new weight loss product, buses in most American cities are covered with corporate advertising. But one California municipality has decided that an ad about a real-life health challenge facing its residents is too controversial to be seen around town. Officials in Fresno refused to allow a campaign to spur green space development, and educate local residents on the links between poverty and lack of parks, to run an ad on a city bus. Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin said in a statement that the ad was rejected because “local rules prohibit any political speech from being included in city bus ads…

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