Inspired by an eleventh-hour defection from the enemy camp, Miami city commissioners have turned their lengthy police action against outlaw billboard companies into an all-out offensive. It appears to be a last-ditch effort to roll back one of the most stubborn insurgencies of recent consumerism. But so bold are the city's foes -- ad companies and their lobbyists -- that after spreading visual blight in the form of illegal billboards for the past two decades, this year they lobbied for, and won, state legislation that emasculates a city ordinance they'd already succeeded in ignoring. If commissioners and administrators couldn't get billboard executives to obey... More >>>