DETROIT (WXYZ) - Residents are shedding light on a widespread problem in Detroit, as the head of the city's Public Lighting Authority prepares to tour street lights and audit problem areas.
From the colors of dusk to the orange hue of a working street light, Detroit's transition into night is one that comes with only a flicker of security.
“You’re not sure what’s in the dark," said Detroit resident Matrice Crawford, "You’re not sure what’s there. You want to have some sense of security outside your home.”
Just about everyone living along State Fair Street and Hayes Road can tell you about life without working lights.
“I mean, they don’t even come on," said Lee Williams, "One of ‘em over there, will come on and come off.”
"It's bad around here at night," said Chiquita Weeks, "It's scary. I don't even want to be out at night."
The east side neighborhood is just one of the areas Detroit's Public Lighting Authority will begin its audit, all to see which ones need to be fixed. The auditors will also visit an area on Detroit's west side in hopes of restoring problem lights this fall. It hopes to restore lights citywide within the next three years. Residents say the audit is a long time coming.
“They should’ve been doing that." said Williams, "They should’ve been thinking about someone’s safety.”
“I think they’re trying to regroup and get things back together." said Crawford, "And they’re moving in a positive direction.”
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