Washington Post HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. â€” As the sun dips below the rooftops each evening, parts of this Detroit enclave turn to pitch black, the only illumination coming from a few streetlights at the end of the block or from glowing yellow yard globes.
It wasnâ€™t always this way. But when the debt-ridden community could no longer afford its monthly electric bill, elected officials not only turned off 1,000 streetlights. They had them ripped out â€” bulbs, poles and all. Now nightfall cloaks most neighborhoods in inky darkness.
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