Texas City Bans News Boxes in Downtown Core

november 21, 2008  09:00 am
Grapevine, a city of about 50,000 residents near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, has instituted an outright ban on news boxes in its historic downtown area. While the ban affects all public property, publishers can place boxes on private property in the affected area if the property owner agrees. Five city council members voted for the measure, and two voted against, including Darlene Freed. She is concerned the ban might violate the First Amendment, and wishes the council had talked with the newspaper owners before voting. Publishers have until Thursday to remove the boxes, or they will face a $100/day fine.