Inspectional Services DENIED a permit because Allston's zoning says: Any billboard except those in existence as of the effective date  of this Article, shall be forbidden.
The building owner appealed this decision to Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
The Boston Redevelopment Authority reccomended denial of the appeal because billboards are a forbidden use, excessive, and would create a bad precedent in this residential neighborhood.
Several Allston residents wrote letters opposing this appeal and Paul Berkeley attended the ZBA meeting to testify against it. But Allston's City Councilor Jerry McDermott and City Council President Michael Flaherty SUPPORTED constructing these billboards in our neigborhood and the Zoning Board APPROVED the appeal.
So, soon Allston will have two more billboards than it does today.