Citing 'Visual Blight,' Dallas Moves to Ban News Boxes in Parts of City

june 7, 2007  02:22 pm
Yesterday, the Dallas City Council agreed in principle to ban news boxes in a few neighborhoods and will vote on a measure June 20, the Dallas Morning News reports. The council would replace freestanding boxes with standardized modular units that hold up to eight publications each. In order to get placement in the communal racks, publications "would enter a city-sponsored lottery weighted toward daily publications and those with an established downtown presence," according to the Morning News. Dallas mayor and former Dallas Observer columnist Laura Miller supports the measure. "We've worked with the publishers on this for more than a year," she says. "We've talked it to death. It's time to do this."