Philly’s streets department removing benches with unapproved ads
Watch where you sit.
The streets department announced today that starting Saturday any benches around town featuring unapproved advertising will be removed, acting Streets Commissioner David Perri announced today.
With more than 300 illegal benches estimated to have been installed without permission, the department said it’s time to crack down.
“Without meeting design standards and regular maintenance and care, they are just another form of blight which needs to be removed from the public realm,” Perri said in a statement. “In addition, advertising benches are often in violation of the American with Disabilities Act by blocking the safe use of the sidewalk for all users.”
The advertiser and the abutting property owner will be issued $75 fines starting on Saturday.