I’m a teenager in Detroit. My street needs more lights.

 I’m a teenager in Detroit. My street needs more lights.


Editor’s Note: In the last decade, the City of Detroit replaced its antiquated, broken streetlight system with new LED lights. The project reduced the number of streetlights from around 88,000, many of which were nonfunctional, to roughly 65,000. The city acknowledged that the reduced number of lights meant some streets would be darker. 

I want to talk about the lack of light in Detroit, Michigan. 

When you take out the trash at night on my street, you see nothing. When you walk down the street, you see nothing. 

When you hear gunshots on my street, you see nothing. Pure darkness.

Donyale Sharp

When you look at a satellite image of Detroit, you’ll see a lot of downtown and main streets lit up. What you don’t see is a lot of lighting on side streets and neighborhoods. For example, in my neighborhood, there is only one light on my whole block. 

Some nights, it’s really dark, and I get nervous taking out the trash. 



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