01 Jan '12, 4am

Towns Turn Off the Lights In a Tough Economy (video): Mayor-elect Windom says that he has spoken to groups who m...

Towns Turn Off the Lights In a Tough Economy (video): Mayor-elect Windom says that he has spoken to groups who m...

The new year will literally be starting in the dark for the residents of Highland Park in Michigan. With revenues declining for a fifth year in a row, the city’s authorities decided to remove two-thirds of the street lamps . Workers showed up in the fall and took down the poles; the mayor-elect, DeAndre Windom, is advising people to keep their porch lights at night, leading residents to suspect the city is seeking to have them pick up costs it can no longer cover. Those costs are for something — streetlights — that have been considered as much a part of civic life as sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic lights. That more than a few communities in the US are having to turn out the lights to make ends meet is a sobering reminder of how the economic downturn has altered people’s daily lives. The sight of the familiar streets of your community gone pitch-dark is simply unnerving ...

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channelnewsasia.com 31 Dec '11, 12am

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cntraveller.com 04 Jan '12, 9pm

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