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Kaffer: As Detroit's streetlights burn out, fixing them is a test for the city

streetlight on neighborhood street
Public Lighting Authority of Detroit
The city finished installing 65,000 LED street lights in 2016. Now, around 20,000 LED lights in Detroit are dimming or are close to burning out.

When the city of Detroit finished installing 65,000 new LED street lights in 2016, it was big news. Just a couple of years earlier, about 40 percent of the city’s lights were out. But now, about 20,000 of those new lights are burning out well ahead of their life expectancy.

Detroit Free Columnist Nancy Kaffer wrote about the streetlights. She told Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou that she sees this problem as a litmus test for the city’s ability to shift, modify, and adapt.

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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