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Trees or billboards

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This article is simply an outrage! :shok::shok:

100 trees that were planted along Airport Blvd. near Columbia's airport as part of a beautification project, are now "blocking billboards" per SCDOT, and SCDOT is requesting that 45 of the 100 trees be cut down so "people can see the billboards"!!!!!! Absolutely ignorant, absurd, out of touch, F'ed up, backward, stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It should be the billboards being removed, not the trees!

http://www.thestate.com/local/story/669362.html

This is an SC DOT issue, and even if you don't live in the Midlands, you should voice your anger (I hope everyone is angry about this). SCDOT could be doing this same thing in the Lowcountry, Upstate or PeeDee.....this is a statewide issue! I sincerely hope Lexington Co., Cayce and Springdale are actively fighting this......I hope anyone that reads this will actively voice your opinion.

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That's my route to and from work every day. I just wonder why trees that would block the billboards when mature were planted there in the first place. The billboard industry in this state has such a lobby that it's like, duh, we can't be planting trees that will block them out. Billboards are unfortunately a part of the landscape, and it costs a lot to take one down and put one somewhere else. So why did the SCDOT allow this to happen? I hate billboards and I cherish trees, but logic is logic.

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This is total BS. I just don't see how the trees weren't a problem when they were planting them, but now are. How about just leave them alone, let them grow, and see if there really is a problem.

As for shrubberies, I leave them for the Knights Who Say Ni.

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Unfortunately billboards are an easy way to make money for doing nothing. I suspect its the ultimate goal of anyone on a major highway to have one on their property. Nobody in South Carolina cares about aesthetics enough to do anything about it since doing anything would mean bringing up the property rights issue.

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For me it isn't so much of a property rights issue as some paid off lawmakers that put in a clause saying DOT had to maintain sightlines to billboards. that is hogwash of the highest order.

Let the trees grow!!!!

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In today's The State, there was an article that SCDOT relented and the trees can stay. Can't find the article on their webpage, though...

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I'm guessing enough people flipped out about it so they changed their minds. A tree-lined street is a beautiful thing, and the airport's appearance is a direct reflection on the city, and the state.

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If the article is accurate I'm glad, but I wonder how the SCDOT can override state law that was mandated when the state legislature sided with the billboard industry. Also, I have been disappointed since they first planted the trees that on one side of the highway there are grand trees and on the other side there are only crepe myrtles and magnolias. They blew an opportunity to create a much more dramatic and prettier drive.

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I'm guessing enough people flipped out about it so they changed their minds. A tree-lined street is a beautiful thing, and the airport's appearance is a direct reflection on the city, and the state.

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We're always getting letters to the editor from people out of state who are highly impressed with Columbia's airport. The landscaping from the airport from Airport Blvd to Platt Springs Road is beautiful. The airport itself is just as beautiful. The SCDOT is going to build a connector from I-26 straight into the airport service road within the next few years. I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience flying out of here.

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We're always getting letters to the editor from people out of state who are highly impressed with Columbia's airport. The landscaping from the airport from Airport Blvd to Platt Springs Road is beautiful. The airport itself is just as beautiful. The SCDOT is going to build a connector from I-26 straight into the airport service road within the next few years. I'm sorry you didn't have a good experience flying out of here.

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While I think the drive into GSP is much nicer, with the interchange and landscaping, I think CAE, the actual airport, is much more aesthetically pleasing and representative of the Palmetto State.

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I think CAE, the actual airport, is much more aesthetically pleasing and representative of the Palmetto State.

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