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Darkness on the Nickle

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2006, at 10:42PM
Lights out on the Nickle Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Just an hour or so ago I was standing on the corner of 5th and Main with Town Crier Don Garza and he commented on how the street lights on 5th have been out for a while now. With all the attention being paid to Skid Row right now, how is it possible that the lights in "the nickle" could be allowed to be chronically off?

That entire block of 5th, from Main to Los Angeles, had not a single streetlight operating. Not one. The brightest light in that photo is the hand on the Don't Walk sign.

I don't remember the exact meeting off-hand, but I know this same situation was brought up at something I attended several months ago. A DLANC Transportation & Public Works meeting, perhaps. Regardless, this isn't a new problem.

Standing there on the corner it wasn't especially populated, but there were definitely drugs for sale. Sure, they put in those new cameras, but I bet they work a lot better with a little illumination.

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