"Laredo Is Safe": Six Tourism Billboards That Suck Just as Bad

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Courtesy KGBT-TV
You can practically smell the safety!
It seems that violence from drug cartels on the other side of the border has caused a real image problem for the formerly booming tourist industry in Laredo. So now the city is fighting back with its "Laredo Is Safe" campaign, which includes 17 billboards placed around the state.

We respect and understand the city's desire to protect its image, but we think there's a chance these billboards might backfire. After all, if you're driving along and see a gigantic advertisement for how safe a city is, won't you wonder why the city felt the need to convince you in the first place? Isn't there something else nice that Laredo could've said about itself? Even "Laredo Has a Nice Personality" would've been better.

We wondered what other cities' billboards might look like if they adopted this dubious strategy. Thanks to Art Director Monica Fuentes, we were able to bring the billboards to life.

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15 comments
KD Davis
KD Davis

Half if the billboards would have Jeremy Lin splattered across them.

miss_msry
miss_msry

Ok, Laredo is safe, it's Nuevo Laredo that I'm concerned about.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

"Welcome to Houston. There are no jobs here and we don't want u ghetto-ing the place up worse than it is. Go home."

Victor Daniel Medina
Victor Daniel Medina

Welcome to Houston, there is nothing wrong with your radio,we're just banging screw

Ryan Cope
Ryan Cope

GOOD!!! So I'm not the only one who found it dubious to display and honor "weird" uniqueness through a corporate brand owned by a subsidiary in another state. Oh the irony!!!

Catie Sanchez
Catie Sanchez

LMFAO!! Yea and all my drug abuse, due to the abundance -.-

Clair McPherson
Clair McPherson

Welcome to Houston. Get the F*$# off the freeway, jackass!

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Laredo was never a tourist spot, Nuevo Laredo was where you went for the shopping and fun....

miss_msry
miss_msry

 @texmex01

 

The donkeys are happy to be living in Houston these days. 

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