Saving Pvt. Neon: The Struggle to Keep its Glow Alive

Jay MarkPresenter: Vic Linoff, Mesa Preservation Foundation

Cars, Federal highways and a gas called neon all converged at an historic intersection to dramatically change the American roadside landscape. But the last three decades have not been kind to neon. Local ordinances aggressively outlawed or discouraged its use. But thanks to the efforts of dedicated preservationists, times are changing. Rapidly disappearing from the landscape, identifying, restoring and protecting these unique resources have surfaced as a passionate movement. Today, visionary communities are recognizing the economic benefits of publicly displaying historic neon. Saving Pvt. Neon chronicles one city’s successful efforts to preserve this rapidly fading art form.