Residents fight to bring down billboards over their homes - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents fight to bring down billboards over their homes

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Some Memphis homeowners are considering taking legal action against advertising companies that erected giant billboards over their homes.

Three billboards tower over one neighborhood near Lane Street. They are all positioned very close to homes, and residents say they've been there for years.

Now, some residents are speaking out about what they feel is an unsightly addition to their neighborhood.

"It's a nuisance," said Vicky Christian. "It makes the surroundings look bad, and I don't think a billboard should be in a residential area."

Other residents, however, don't mind the advertisements.

"I don't have any problems with it here," said Betty Neal. "I'm glad it's here."

Christian, however, is one of three residents who want Clear Channel and Out Front Media to take the billboards down.

The residents are working with attorneys who plan to take the issue to environmental court Thursday. The attorneys will charge that the billboards are within 100 feet of areas zoned for residential use and claim that is a violation of the Unified Development Code.

The Unified Development Code was enacted as the overarching zoning code for Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County. The attorneys plan to argue in court that the billboards are illegal and were not grandfathered in, as some other billboards that didn't meet the code.

Christian says she prays the judge will decide in their favor and put an end to the bright billboard lights that reflect into her house every night.

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