I kept thinking someone was coming up the driveway, with the weird white light at the end of it. People often use our driveway to turn around, or… was it my landlord coming home? I stopped twice, and then hesitated again at the end of the drive, but there was no car coming. I backed all the way out of the driveway and sat there in my car, dumbfounded, in the pool of light. Looked at my hands in the light, looked at the steering wheel in the light. Backed down the street a few feet, rolled down the window, stuck my head out and discovered that NEW STREETLIGHTS HAVE REPLACED THE LONG TERM BROKEN ONES ON MY DETROIT BLOCK.
This morning I saw that the semi-functioning streetlight across from my house had been marked, and that MichCon equipment was hanging out at the end of the block. Honestly, I got a lil upset. I really, really hope the light will be replaced and not just removed. It doesn’t work about 60% of the time, but some light is still better than none, and the physical presence of a light pole signifies the possibility of having a working light again someday. When the cops come as slowly as they do in Detroit, you need light, even on a fairly safe block.
I used Google Pedometer to measure, and I think my block is long enough to qualify to have a light in the middle under Duggan’s newest Public Lighting plan (although I don’t have my notes on the plan in front of me). A sliver of the block is in Hamtramck, though, so I hope that doesn’t make us somehow not make the cut-off for keeping a light mid-block.
Either way, I just added “Get someone tall to put a new bulb in my porch light” to the weekend’s to-do list.