ATLANTA — The streets of Atlanta are getting brighter.
Thousands of new streetlights will be installed in dark areas across the city in an effort Mayor Andre Dickens hopes will deter crime and limit traffic crashes.
It’s a citywide initiative called “Light Up the Night.” The goal is to decrease crime by 20%.
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Jasper Hightower says he avoids driving at night because the streetlights where he lives in Southeast Atlanta are either dull or dead.
“It’s a lot of people out there that can’t see well,” Hightower said.
It’s something the City of Atlanta, with help from Georgia Power, wants to change.
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“We had this legislation a year ago as a councilmember, and now we’re well on our way to 10,000 new streetlights,” Mayor Andre Dickens said in a news conference Thursday.
Three thousand cameras have already been installed, including high-need areas like Henry Thomas Drive in Thomasville Heights and Peyton Road in Southwest Atlanta.
“Some areas that were formally industrial are now residential,” said Josh Rowan, Commissioner for the Atlanta Department of Transportation. “They are probably dark and historically they were probably the areas that were ignored.”
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Hightower says he’s looking forward to the changes.
“I’m so happy I don’t know what to say really,” he added.
The City of Atlanta says it is in a 10-year lease agreement with Georgia Power.
The city will pay $28 per month per light for 10 years.
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