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by Steve Lackmeyer Published: October 29, 2012

I first noted how so few street lights existed along Hudson Avenue in MidTown, and how most of them were dark during the big H&8th outdoor food market last year. I even contacted the Action Center about the lack of lighting – yet I’ve noticed on each successive visit to Hudson Avenue it remained a dark street.
Tonight I drove along Hudson Avenue about 7:30 p.m. and noted all but one light was working. Then, an hour later on Twitter, I learned that Ryan Gikas had reported his car was broken into while he was dining at Ludevine – a restaurant that is acting as a seed of hope for redevelopment of what has been a pretty desolate yet key connection between MidTown and the Central Business District.
At a time when Oklahoma City is spending millions of dollars to revive its urban core, what’s so difficult in adding a few more street lights and keeping them lit?
We see this darkness in other key areas. The streets surrounding Farmers Market have virtually no lighting along surrounding streets (on a recent visit I saw no lights at all). Likewise, it’s surprising to see key streets in Deep Deuce, notably Walnut Avenue and NE 4, with just the most minimal lighting and very dark passageways for pedestrians.
The city, one might think, has ample surplus vintage-style lighting (and not too old either) thanks to the streetscapes done as part of Project 180.
It’s your city folks.
Those representing downtown are Meg Salyer, who can be reached at ward6@okc.gov and Skip Kelley, who can be reached at ward7@okc.gov.
UPDATE: I’m hearing via Twitter from some readers that they’ve seen some streetlights remain dark over the past couple of years (one on Broadway between NW 20 and NW 21). So let’s provide some help to the city and OG&E. If you post locations of darkened downtown street lights in comments on this post, I’ll compile it into one big report to the city and maybe we can see some progress on this issue!

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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