I'm of the opinion that which local school a child chooses to go to should be up to their parents, but I can see where things get tricky legally with that idea. Best of luck to all involved on both sides of the story.
If the price of electric cars came down, environmentally friendly ammenities like this would get a lot more use. The problem here is the same problem at play elsewhere, everything that's "green" costs a lot more, and the average person isn't going to want to pay through the nose just to save the environment! I'm in the minority that cares enough to pay more out of pocket (and as long as my band gets enough gigs to keep making payments I plan on keeping my Volt), but if we want to see real change on the environmental side of things, we need to lower cost inflation and make these things more actively avaliable! Your average college student on a fry cook's salary is going to see the price for an electric car compared to the price of a used Subaru and make the obvious decision. We need to add more perks to these things if we actually want to lower our worldwide carbon footprint.
My girlfriend is going to be happy with this news, that's for sure, but I haven't had to pay for a haircut in months! Being an (unknown) electric guitarist has its advantages!
I haven't ever seen anyone getting drunk and throwing a fit in a grocery store. If they can still get alcohol other places, what is the point of the bill? Prohibition didn't work so well to first time, I'm not so sure we start tip-toing that way again...
This is a great story, gotta love the love here in our community! If only more people gave money freely to this kind of thing, we wouldn't have to have so many taxes!
I think this is a great development... my job goes into the late hours, so my usual race-walk route takes me through Coolidge Park at night, and those old yellow streetlights did about as much good as carrying a flashlight around. I was always afraid I would get jumped, and had a couple of suspicious characters start to approach me before. These new lights keep the whole thing about as lit as my house usually is, and I feel as safe as I am in there, too! Haven't seen a single shady character since the lights went in, and if they spread throughout the city as planned, I may need to lengthen my route.
And on the financial end of things... it used to seem like there were as many of the old yellow lights in the park off at night as there were on. I tried to run faster through the dark parts but I never felt completely safe, and the city still paid for the burned out bulbs. What a waste! I used to hang with a guy who was big in streetlight maintenance back when I lived in New York, and let me tell you, those old 'yellow' lights drain energy like a taxi full of tourists drains cheese at a real NY pizza restaurant. I can see nothing but good coming from this lights change. Concerncitizen1, as stillamoc said, right now these lights aren't using a penny of taxpayer money... look into the process listed above, this is about as risky financially as buying a machine that makes money and paying the seller with the money it prints. And the article only mentions savings in energy--anyone who spends a few minutes googling LED lighting can imagine how much is saved on maintenance costs, LED lights last a long time and don't use up money on cherry-picker yellow bulb replacement. The taxpayers get safer lighting and less energy costs wasted on inadequate lighting, Global Green gets sales on the light fixtures and the smart-grid connection setup, our community gets the jobs this is generating, the city gets a risk-free start up to this program and from saving energy costs in the long run, and the environment gets the benefit of not putting all its energy into those yellow bulbs other cities are still using. Big thanks to Mr. Leperd and his team for taking this city to the future!
I like this idea! The change in park lights has been great for a night owl like me.