Yes, according to the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Last December, the city of 11 million passed a law banning virtually all forms of outdoor advertising, according to the International Herald Tribune. As of this summer, the removal of the offending media was almost complete (see WorldChanging.com for the update earlier this summer).
According to the IHT, "City planners, architects and environmental advocates have argued enthusiastically that the prohibition, through a new 'clean city' law, brings São Paulo a welcome step closer to an imagined urban ideal."
Everyone knows that advertising — especially the outdoor kind — crams the visual landscapes of our lives with "clutter," "noise" and "junk mail." I find it marvelous that, in a push for a "clean city," city leaders would essentially condemn it as pollution. Makes a sticky wicket for green marketers — on the one hand, you want to promote your green agenda/product/service; on the other hand, you don't want to create visual pollution, do you?
For an eerie look at a metropolis without ad clutter, check out this flickr site featuring shots of a post-billboard Sao Paulo. Totally brilliant.
Via Be A Design Group.