Street Lighting

Nighttime view of U.S. Capitol and blurred traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue

D.C. Residents Fight Light Pollution

New LED lighting has raised concerns about the health and environmental impacts of excessive or harsh lighting.

May 30, 2023 - Route Fifty

Pittsburgh at Night

Pittsburgh Becomes First 'Dark Sky' City in Eastern U.S.

As evidence showing the benefits of dark skies builds, Pittsburgh becomes the first eastern American city to enact a dark sky policy.

December 29, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab


Seeing the Street

A San Francisco-based design studio describes the thought process behind an effort to push outdoor lighting design beyond the lowest common denominator allowed by bureaucracy and status quo thinking.

October 18, 2020 - Nash Hurley

Woman on Transit

How Planning Can Reduce the Threat of Gender Violence

A piece from Anchorage, Alaska discusses problems that can arise when planners don't address gender-based safety. Walkable, populated, well-lit streets and transit are the best remedy.

April 12, 2015 - The Arctic Urbanophile

Critic: Improve Lighting to Improve Dallas Walkability

Architecture Critic Mark Lamster sets aside the complex issues of lane configurations and traffic calming to focus on a key aspect of walkability: proper lighting.

November 24, 2014 - The Dallas Morning News

End of the rainbow

Three Technological Innovations that Could End Asphalt as We Know it

As more municipalities are shutting off lights for energy savings, technological innovations are leading the way in new lighting and paving systems to make up for these economic and environmental constraints.

October 4, 2014 - Woodhouse

What Happens When a City Turns Out the Lights?

Strapped for cash, cities across the US have decided to save money by turning off street lights. An investigative series documents the effect of all those darkened lights on crime and economic development in San Diego - home to a $30 million backlog.

August 1, 2013 - Fast Company Co.Exist

Lighting Revolution Produces Radiant Visions of Our Future

The technological advances transforming "Edison’s 130-year-old industry" promise to revolutionize the way light is integrated in our homes, workplaces, and cities.

April 26, 2013 - The New York Times

City Hall Philadelphia

How Light Helped Remake Downtown Philadelphia

Neal Peirce looks at how Philadelphia has used light to help transform the image, and fortunes, of Center City.

January 18, 2013 - Citiwire

Looking Back to Find the Road Ahead

In the wake of massive power outages in the Northeast, lighting designer Linnaea Tillett describes pre-industrial techniques for lighting and wayfinding that just might be worth revisiting.

November 18, 2012 - Metropolis POV Blog

Care and Maintenance Instructions for Urban Infrastructure

Morgan Clendaniel reports on a Minneapolis artistic intervention, Urban Plant Tags, that call attention to often overlooked amenities in the built environment.

May 6, 2012 - Fast Co.Exisit

Seattle Launches Ambitious Streetlight Survey

The Emerald City puts the streetlight of the future to the test – for both safety and feel, and the results could affect how cities everywhere are illuminated in the future, reports William Yardley.

March 14, 2012 - New York Times

Cities of Light

Leni Schwendinger says that cities don't pay enough attention to the way lighting effects the built environment. She's currently working on the lighting for Times Square's new pedestrianized streets.

October 8, 2010 - ASLA's The Dirt blog

CA Cities Switching to LED Lighting

Following the success of programs in L.A. and San Francisco, more cities in California are making the switch to LED lights to save on energy costs and provide more sustainable street lighting.

October 16, 2009 - SF Streetsblog

Preserving Darkness

France is hoping to establish a "darkness reserve" by regulating street lighting in towns and villages near a mountaintop observatory.

April 6, 2009 - Discovery

Environmentalism Over Aesthetics

John Barber laments cities' tendency to (rightfully) favor environmental consciousness over aestheticism. Low-carbon street lighting is the latest eco-trend to retrofit, and potentially blight, the streets of Toronto.

October 8, 2008 - The Globe and Mail

Project Manager III

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

UDO Transportation Planner

City of Charlotte - Charlotte Area Transit

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