Dallas Bans News Boxes in Parts of City

june 21, 2007  09:31 am
Yesterday, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance banning freestanding news boxes from the city center and surrounding neighborhoods, the Dallas Morning News reports. Existing news boxes will be replaced by eight-window modular newsracks and standardized news boxes. The cost for publishers to distribute in the newsracks will be $179 per year for each newsrack, according to the Morning News. Currently, publishers pay a $5 licensing fee per news box. Placement in the newsracks will be determined by lotteries. Dallas Observer publisher Stuart Folb was quick to criticize the ordinance, saying "an unlucky publisher could be eliminated from the marketplace." Folb also hinted at litigation against the city if this "results in unreasonable restrictions on a publisher's ability to distribute its newspaper."