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Nov 8 - Highland Park, Michigan Tearing Out Its Streetlights To Cut Costs


 Nov 8 - Highland Park, Michigan Tearing Out Its Streetlights To Cut Costs
topic by Ham Rove - 11-08-2011, 12:39 AM - Boxden > BX Daily Bugle - news and headlines


The economic slowdown has put countless people out of work and eliminated millions of dollars in homeowner wealth. States and cities haven't been immune to its effects, either.

Faced with shrinking tax revenues and pressure to cut costs, more than half of U.S. cities have cut staff, cancelled construction projects or raised fees this year, according to The National League of Cities, and many communities have had to scale back the kinds of public services that in more robust times people simply took for granted.

Highland Park, Michigan, a city in the greater Detroit area, is the latest town to implement dramatic austerity measures, according to the a$sociated Press.

With $58 million in municipal debt and a $60,000 monthly electric bill that it can't pay, Highland Park has elected to remove 1,000 of its 1,500 streetlights -- not just turning the power off, but tearing the poles themselves out of the ground.

It's a strategy that's unlikely to fix most of Highland Park's economic woes. The town's unemployment rate is 22 percent -- more than twice the national rate -- and 42 percent of residents live below the poverty line.

Still, Highland Park needs to trim expenses, and it isn't the first town to turn off its lights in the name of doing so. Clintonville, Wisconsin has stopped operating 10 percent of its streetlights, reportedly saving $7,000, according to local news station WHBL. Santa Rosa is in the midst of a four-year effort to remove thousands of streetlights, and similar steps have been taken in North Andover, Massachusetts; Montgomery, Pennsylvania; and South Portland, Maine, according to USA Today.

But cutting back on public lighting may be giving rise to new problems. Oakland, California has been using lower-output bulbs in its streetlamps for the past several years, and locals believe the dimmer light has contributed to an uptick in crime, according to The New York Times.

Other public services have suffered as struggling local governments look for ways to make ends meet. Last year, Denver slashed $500,000 from its trash-collection budget, leading to complaints that the city was becoming clogged with garbage. Public libraries across the country have been closed down or had their hours curtailed. And more than half of the nation's county and city health departments have cut back on at least one program in the past year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

As state and local governments continue to bleed out -- shedding jobs at about the same rate that the private sector is adding them -- many are turning to contract employees to do the same jobs as former government employees for less money, the NYT reports. But experts are divided on whether these measures have had the intended effect of saving money.
Highland Park, Michigan Tearing Out Its Streetlights To Cut Costs


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 11-08-2011, 12:14 PMaway - #2
Tony Franks 2 heat pts

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Wow, michigan is already !!ed up. Now, the streets are gonna be darker. Its bout to be the wild wild west in michigan by 2020.
 11-08-2011, 12:22 PMaway - #3
Staszy 11 heat pts11

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 11-08-2011, 09:28 PMaway - #4
hate_me_now 4 heat pts

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Yeah people in michigan are hurtin trust me I know, sh&t is ill, has been for a minute now. New governor an't helping things either, if I had enough I would bail to somewhere diff, no doubt.
 11-09-2011, 12:52 AMaway - #5
jayjay2 10 heat pts10

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haha damn, it's gone seriously be dark in mich. figuratively and literally


Originally Posted by Tony Franks
Wow, michigan is already !!ed up. Now, the streets are gonna be darker. Its bout to be the wild wild west in michigan by 2020.

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 11-09-2011, 01:30 AMonline - #6
Based_One 61 heat pts61

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Damn that !! !!ed up
 11-09-2011, 05:24 AMonline - #7
TheCityOnMyMind 83 heat pts83

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highland park is one of the worst places too, that place is beyond ghetto..
 11-09-2011, 05:27 AMonline - #8
Hovi Bryant 214 heat pts214

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I agree with the above post.

!!'s like the middle east.
 11-09-2011, 05:38 AMaway - #9
freakbucket 

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Originally Posted by TheCityOnMyMind
highland park is one of the worst places too, that place is beyond ghetto..
if yall thought Detroit was bad....lmao. Highland Park is like.... Highland Park is actually completely enclosed by Detroit, which is strange in itself. A city in a city. The police suck, the people (well the young black people) suck, and the joke of a court system has the most prejudice judges in the world. Automatically guilty...PAY THE FINE.

so glad im chillin in ATL now.
 11-09-2011, 05:51 AMaway - #10
djnoze 2 heat pts

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Originally Posted by freakbucket
if yall thought Detroit was bad....lmao. Highland Park is like.... Highland Park is actually completely enclosed by Detroit, which is strange in itself. A city in a city. The police suck, the people (well the young black people) suck, and the joke of a court system has the most prejudice judges in the world. Automatically guilty...PAY THE FINE.

so glad im chillin in ATL now.
Generalizing at it's finest....
 11-09-2011, 07:06 AMaway - #11
Trill Clinton 23 heat pts23

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Highland Park is the !!ing jungle.!! is like a big a$s Call of Duty map

this isn't a good look at all.
 11-09-2011, 07:22 AMaway - #12
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years back when i turned 18 my friends tried to take me to a strip club for my first time. we drove around a while and looked for a place we wouldn't get carded at to buy liquor, sure enough it was highland park. ended up in deja vu, the strip club. i saw hoes with knife scars and old bullet wound looking !!. needless to say, we didn't stay. highland park also faced a lot of controversy for shutting of their fire hydrants years ago when a family burned alive in their home. i love detroit, but highland park is one !!ed up place.
 11-09-2011, 07:23 AMaway - #13
dirtyglovethug 

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oh yeah, and in before ernieB tries to call the entire state of michigan a fail.
 11-09-2011, 07:26 AMaway - #14
Jugganot 

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Originally Posted by Tony Franks
Wow, michigan is already !!ed up. Now, the streets are gonna be darker. Its bout to be the wild wild west in michigan by 2020.
ya this is retarted though they are taking the light down to save money.....aint that gonna cost alot to pay ppl to take them down why not just turn it off and leave it there that would be the cheapest thing to do
 11-09-2011, 08:47 AMonline - #15
slapaho 2 heat pts

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Originally Posted by hate_me_now
Yeah people in michigan are hurtin trust me I know, sh&t is ill, has been for a minute now. New governor an't helping things either, if I had enough I would bail to somewhere diff, no doubt.
the funny thing about them hurtin is the songs and videos.. every nicca rich and driving down fucd up hoods in a range rover like its all good.

help clean that !! up dope boy rappers who got the stacs i mean damn no lightpoles and then that story few years bac bout the dead bodies piled up becuz nobody can afford to bury them.. seems more like a citizen issue really sure they need help but it seems like nobody there really give a fuc they just move and take the money with'em
 11-09-2011, 10:14 AMaway - #16
TheDirector217 1 heat pts

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Damn. I'm semi-shocked. I knew the "D" was in bad shape, but Highland Park is like that, like that?? And is Hamtramck bad as Highland Park, maybe worse as you all say?
 11-09-2011, 12:25 PMaway - #17
SteveSS 7 heat pts

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This is why the suburbs are the !!.
 11-09-2011, 12:34 PMaway - #18
RoyaL CraCk 1 heat pts

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I'm from Flint, and I don't know was worse Highland Park or here Michigan in general a depressing place to live everyone I know wants to leave.
 11-09-2011, 01:07 PMaway - #19
Deniro732 4 heat pts

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streetlights are a necessity though.. @ these dumb!!s doing this and not realizing the amount of accidents and crimes that will happen because of it
 11-09-2011, 01:23 PMaway - #20
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Originally Posted by RoyaL CraCk
I'm from Flint, and I don't know was worse Highland Park or here Michigan in general a depressing place to live everyone I know wants to leave.
I feel you man, well for one flint is still the murda capital of the usa right now "I believe" so.... I dunno though, but both can be like my man said up there call of duty maps lol, !!s ill..
 
 


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