January 3, 2020, 6am PST
The nighttime illumination of Chicago is almost finished with a complete overhaul of its streetlights, producing a dramatic effect in the nighttime environment of the city.
December 28, 2019, 9am PST
Thousands of streetlight sensors are collecting a trove of data—from traffic counts to humidity levels—and advocacy groups say the city needs to be more transparent about how the data is being used and who has access to it.
May 7, 2018, 7am PDT
“Why are lighting designers and experts nearly unified in their belief that outdoor lighting in past years has been excessive?”
August 16, 2017, 11am PDT
A study of the neighborhood and streets in the city of Houston finds that streetlights aren't always an effective crime deterrent.
September 26, 2016, 10am PDT
A report from the American Medical Association says LED lights are bad for our health, inspiring some cities to re-evaluate the technology.
September 22, 2016, 6am PDT
The IndyStar shines a light on the city of Indianapolis' neglect of its infrastructure.
June 10, 2016, 10am PDT
Indianapolis officials including Mayor Joe Hogsett gathered this week to celebrate the installation of the city's first new streetlight in 35 years.
Indianapolis Business Journal
June 6, 2016, 9am PDT
Pacific Standard shares news of a study that debunks a long-held assumption of public safety.
November 24, 2015, 8am PST
Adam Rogers chronicles Los Angeles' long and intimate relationship with the electric light. The city's recent choice to adopt LED streetlights has transformed a classic nighttime into something new.
BOOM: A Journal of California
October 27, 2015, 6am PDT
As New York rolls out its LED streetlights, one resident bemoans the ugly blue glow taking over the city.
June 16, 2015, 8am PDT
In perhaps the brightest sign yet of recovery, the Detroit Public Lighting Authority has made incredible progress on a project to install 40,000 LED streetlights around the city's residential neighborhoods.
October 20, 2014, 2pm PDT
Following the idea that pedestrian safety takes its cues from planners, Rachel Dovey's article on pedestrian safety lists six intersection designs that "actually prioritize pedestrians."
September 19, 2014, 8am PDT
Forbes Magazine reflects on the importance and impacts of light-emitting diode (LED) lights as more cities replace their traditional streetlamps with LEDs.
August 22, 2014, 7am PDT
A study by computer scientists from the University of Michigan shows how easy it is to hack and control traffic lights.
July 14, 2014, 9am PDT
An editorial calls for a comprehensive plan to address Dallas' growing need to overhaul its streetlights—80 percent of which are now older than their recommended 25-year life span.
February 4, 2014, 11am PST
Los Angeles recently completed a comprehensive installation of LED streetlights—and New York City is not far behind. Among the unintended consequences of the new technology? Cities will now look completely different on film.
August 1, 2013, 11am PDT
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.
March 7, 2013, 1pm PST
When electricity was still in its infancy, municipal leaders turned to "moonlight towers" to provide mass illumination for their cities. Megan Garber explores the "brief and literally shining moment" in the history of electric streetlights.
December 20, 2012, 1pm PST
This week Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a series of bills passed during the State Legislature's recent lame-duck session that will have long-term impacts on the revival of Detroit and its suburbs, reports Kathleen Gray.
May 27, 2012, 7am PDT
As Detroit struggles through major economic and population losses, the mayor plans to turn off approximately half of the city's streetlights, Chris Christoff reports.