Thursday, May 24, 2012

Detroit: Turn out the lights because the party is over

For decades, the City of Detroit was the paragon of industry and production in the U.S., but now, it is a shell of its former glory.  Population flight, industry moving offshore, and a massive budget deficit has now led legislators in the once proud city to cut city light services to half of the municipality.



Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.

As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year. -  Bloomberg
With crime and poverty already on the rise, this move, while fiscally necessary, will only increase violence as the hot summer months come, and unemployed citizens seek the only avenues they have left since Government Motors moved out of town, and turned off their own lights.

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