Saturday, May 26, 2012

Selective streetlighting vs. redlining?

Seems like there has to be an equal rights problem with Detroit's municipal plan to upgrade and maintain streetlights only in selected neighborhoods. Per the SF Chron, it's an effort to herd the depopulating city's remaining residents closer together:
"You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population," said Chris Brown, Detroit's chief operating officer. "We're not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.""
Which are the "distressed areas," how are such labels assigned, and are taxpayers who live in them not entitled to equal services?

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