- It’s our most visible alteration of the planet, easily seen from space: the millions of lights added to our cities due to our fear of the dark. We need them to keep our cities safe. Or do we? A series of studies on crime have revealed that we probably don’t need as many city lights as we think — and we might be better off without them.
An excellent piece in Astronomy Magazine by Eric Betz explores what happened when about 100 British cities decided to dim or turn off their streetlights, either to save money on power or to avoid maintenance costs. About a third of the lights are now out in the UK. Surely the streets are running rampant with vice. As it turns out, darker streets didn’t mean more dangerous streets.
Betz looks at a study by the University College London that crunched 14 years of data in 63 British cities, some of which had gone dark. The researchers examined both vehicular crashes and crimes in places where lights had been switched off
Free target practice for the Supe! This also means Rahm can lay off the light repair guys and stop buying bulbs for the ones that aren't working. Plus, the bill from ComEd will go down and the scrappers can start cutting down unused poles like lumberjacks cutting through an old-growth forest. Everyone wins!
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