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NECN: Scot Yount, Concord, Mass.) - A plan in the works to save money in Concord, Massachusetts. Residents can keep their lights on, but they'll have to pay a monthly fee. It's become a hot topic in the town of 17,000.
David Ropeik: "Government can't afford now the basic kinds of things that we thought government basically did."
In historic Concord, Massachusetts-the lights, are going out.
David Ropeik: "It is pretty strange, we got the reverse 911 call that is usually there if a burglar loose in your neighborhood that says we are taking down your infrastructure."
In fact, the town is taking down hundreds of street lights mostly in residential neighborhoods to save money on electricity. David Ropeik says the light is barely bright enough to walk his dogs as it is.
David Ropeik: "Just seems strange that a kind of a thing that we all take for granted like street lights, red lights, green lights, pavements and things is now beyond the town's means."
Originally posted by dlifesjrny
What's the big deal? Much of Tucson doesn't have street lights, and the night sky is spectacular!