I found J. A. Lobbia's article about billboard signs in Noho and Soho of particular interest ["Sign of the Times," October 20], as I am writing a book about early advertising in New York City.
The outcry over signs in those neighborhoods has been going on for over a hundred years.
While I certainly sympathize with those in the adjacent buildings over their loss of light and air, there is an even more insidious problem developing with gigantic vinyl signs--i.e., they are not biodegradable. When no longer useful, they're dumped in landfill.
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