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Detroit Plans To Cut Half Of Its Streetlights

From Bloomberg:


Half of Detroit’s Streetlights May Go Out as City Shrinks

By Chris Christoff – May 24, 2012

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.

It’s hard to believe now, but once upon a time Detroit really was America’s ‘shining city on the hill.’ It was the model for the world. Even Hitler saw Detroit as a place that Germany cities should try to emulate.

But that was before the Democrats and the unions took it over.

Other U.S. cities have gone partially dark to save money, among them Colorado Springs; Santa Rosa, California; and Rockford, Illinois. Detroit’s plan goes further: It would leave sparsely populated swaths unlit in a community of 713,000 that covers more area than Boston, Buffalo and San Francisco combined. Vacant property and parks account for 37 square miles (96 square kilometers), according to city planners.

What a success story this is for the unions and the Democrat Party in general.

“You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population,” said Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer. “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.”

After all, who really needs street lights. It’s not like Detroit has a crime problem.

Jamahl Makled, 40, said he’s owned businesses in southwest Detroit for about two decades, most recently cell-phone stores. He said they’ve have been burglarized more than a dozen times.

“In the dark, criminals are comfortable,” Makled said. “It’s not good for the economy and the safety of the residents.”

Criminals vote, too, you know.

As many as 15,000 Detroit streetlights use 1920s technology, according to a 2010 study by McKinsey & Co. Upgrading the system would cost $140 million to $200 million, and $5 million more to operate than the $23 million now spent annually, the report said

Why squander all that money on street lights when it could be going to benefits and pensions for Detroit’s public sector union workers? We must keep our priorities straight here.

Still, we are confused. Hasn’t Obama been telling us in his campaign speeches that he saved Detroit? Didn’t even Clint Eastwood tell us that Detroit was back, during last year’s Super Bowl?

What city were they talking about?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Detroit Plans To Cut Half Of Its Streetlights”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    Ok, so the maintenance will be contracted to, one would assume, a private company saving 10 million (and inadvertantly admitting that private business almost always does it better, faster and cheaper than a government) but the technology itself will cost an additional 5 million a year (no doubt due to its green-ness). Sounds like they are only saving 5 million a year. Now, since it’s going to cost 150 million (unlikely) to install all this crap, it’ll take them 75 years to break even. For fewer streetlights. That’s democrat financial policy in a nutshell.

    • Petronius says:

      Guess they’ll need to raise taxes.

      (That’s the Democrat answer to everything, right?)

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    Sorry on my wrong math, I was not looking at what I typed. But still, 30 years to pay for fewer lights.

  3. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    John 3:20 – Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

    Seems to fit.

  4. Petronius says:

    Detroit –– America’s first ghost city.

    It won’t be the last.

    Get your night vision goggles now. They will be crucial for survival in the coming Liberal utopia.

  5. Petronius says:

    SG: “Hitler saw Detroit as a place that German cities should try to emulate.”

    Somebody remind me again … who won and who lost?

    In the 1940s, German cities and the occupied cities of the Third Reich were bombed to smithereens. Yet today they are ranked among the world’s nicest places to live :

    #1 Vienna
    #4 Munich
    #5 Dusseldorf
    #7 Frankfurt
    #9 Copenhagen
    #12 Amsterdam

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/45471291?slide=1

    The other top-ranked cities are in Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada. Not a single American city made the list.

    I wonder why? What do American cities have that theirs don’t?

  6. golfmann says:

    The escape from Detroit syndrome comes to mind. Should be some real fine neighborhoods taking shape as soon as the lights go out.

    Nice places to take a stroll…

  7. untrainable says:

    “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.” Because when you’re in distress, you WANT to be in the dark.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    The toughest enemy to defeat are Unions and socialist politicians

    Witness the carnage they have wrought in Detroit, vs. the carnage our wat on Japan accomplished

    http://tnixon16.com/2009/10/09/detroit-vs-hiroshima-64-years-later/

    seriously, go look

  9. yadayada says:

    Jamahl Makled, 40, said he’s owned businesses in southwest Detroit for about two decades, most recently cell-phone stores. He said they’ve have been burglarized more than a dozen times.
    “In the dark, criminals are comfortable,” Makled said. “It’s not good for the economy and the safety of the residents.” …

    sounds like jamahl needs to install some lighting.
    or is he waiting for o’bummer to do it for him?

    hint jamahl – the best place to install a light is on the rail next to or under the barrel


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