Streetside billboards in San José set for removal

By L. Arias

Starting last month hundreds of advertising spaces along streets and at bus shelters around Costa Rica’s capital have gone blank. They now display stickers declaring them “CLAUSURADO,” closed, by the Municipality of San José and the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT).

Ad displays on San José sidewalks, or MUPIs as they are known here, are marketed by Equipamientos Urbanos de Costa Rica (EUCOR) under a contract with the municipality. The contract, which the company won in a public bid, expired in April, San José Mayor Sandra García Pérez said. That’s when problems began to surface.

“We informed the company about their contract expiration and then we began an inspection of all municipal spaces that allowed us to find several MUPIs placed in unauthorized locations,” García said.

The mayor said the contract only allowed EUCOR to place ads at bus shelters, not as freestanding ads along the city’s sidewalks.

The contract was signed during the previous administration of Mayor and ex presidential candidate Johnny Araya, and it did not include any provision regarding the ownership of the structures at the end of the contract. Therefore, García said, they all must go.

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Via:: Tico Times