Council on Wednesday moved closer to allowing street-level newsstands to display large digital advertisements.
Over objections from neighborhood activists, the Streets Committee advanced a bill that would let newsstand owners display the ads if they pay the city a 7 percent excise tax.
Some residents in Center City, where much of the advertising would be, said the bill could change the nature of their neighborhood.
Philadelphia is a historic city; it s a romantic city, said David Rose, who lives and owns a business in Center City. All of a sudden it s being transformed into a Las Vegas-like, Times Square atmosphere. You re changing the character of the community. More than two-dozen newsstand owners attended the meeting to support the bill, introduced by Councilman Bill Greenlee.