The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Darkness Descends on Detroit

Detroit has introduced a new initiative to save money: eliminate roughly half of its streetlights, leaving citizens in more sparsely populated areas in the dark. The Detroit News reports that Mayor Dave Bing’s plan will reduce streetlights from 88,000 to 46,000, saving Detroit $10 million a year. According to Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer, “You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population.  We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.”

Residents have been kept in the dark regarding the scandals, bribery, and thievery conducted by elected officials; now that darkness is becoming depressingly literal.

Will the last person to leave Detroit please turn out the lights?

Published on May 30, 2012 12:00 pm
  • vanderleun

    The last people who could keep the lights on in Detroit left decades ago.

  • Westie

    Detroit is an institutional example of Black on Black crime.

  • Corlyss

    “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.”

    Words fail. Don’t be black and poor in Detroit.

  • Jim.

    So the places most likely to be hives of crime are the least likely to be lit at night?

    Great thinkin’, guys.

  • Robert

    “…those areas where you want to concentrate your population.”

    The leftist mind in a nutshell. People are just cattle to be herded.