Thursday, May 24, 2012

One Way To Achieve Dark Skies

But in a place like Detroit, probably not very safe.  From May 24, 2012 Bloomberg.com:
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 rather sad watching the United States destroy itself.  Detroit, unfortunately, is the future. 

2 comments:

Windy Wilson said...

Dark skies through deindustrialization. Why am I not surprised, and this is consistent with all the Gaia-worshipping eco-fanatic claptrap that gets forced on people. I thought it was just the authors of fantasy like the lord of the rings and Harry Potter that looked back on pre-industrial (or in the case of JK Rowling, a sort of interwar "little England" society with all its dirt and disease and inconvenience and death that modern science has eliminated or reduced.

Justin Unbounded said...

I found it ironic that because the city can't afford to fix the street lights, the city is planning to borrow $160m.