DETROIT (WXYZ) - The street light in front the home Mark Rickett is renovating hasn't worked in months.
He was born on Detroit's lower east side and his 93-year-old grandmother still lives there. He's worried about her safety and children walking to school.
"It's a safety issue," he says.
Mark and neighbor Kim Brown were glad to hear Mayor Bing make street light repair among his top priorities during last nights State of the City address.
"We will stand on his word," she said.
Brown only has one working street light on her street, St. Joseph.
She went on to say, "Some people are trying to stick it out, I love Detroit."
The Mayor announced there will be upgrades made to 900 street lights and repairs will begin to another 7,600.
In the meantime Mark says, "We're all leaving our porch lights on and that's running up my DTE bill."
The Mayor said the utility and the state are helping the city resolve the lighting problem.
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