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.