11/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

NY Billboards Cause Fight: Free Speech Vs. Beauty

Since the 1940s, at least on paper, the city has restricted, or banned outright, the placement of billboards along its highways. But because of haphazard enforcement and what a federal judge described as "subterfuge" and willful lawbreaking by sign companies, the rise of the billboards - some even on city property - went on unchecked.

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