I'm playing around with Google Maps tonight, and I noticed that in the street view for Brighton, New York, a suburb of Rochester, there's no freestanding signs in commercial areas. Seriously ... none, except for very small signs at shopping centers. Otherwise, no monument signs, no pole signs, no nothing,
Here's a few locations throughout the town.
In all my years as a planner, I've never encountered a community that banned freestanding signs. I'm wondering if any other cities, towns or villages ban them completely as well.