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Lighten Up St. Louis: $15,000

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on 12.01.12


Lighten Up St. Louis: $15,000

Lighten Up St. Louis is a cost-sensitive initiative to improve neighborhood safety by installing sidewalk-facing pedestrian lights to the existing cobra head street lights on major thoroughfares.

City residents continue to express their dissatisfaction with the 1970s era cobra heads that illuminate St. Louis City neighborhoods. The low-glow of the orange lamps were made solely for vehicular traffic, shining primarily on roadways.

The proposed solution is to attach an affordable pedestrian light fixture to existing street lights on thoroughfares without extant lighting improvements.

The St. Vincent Greenway fixtures, pictured, were approximately $1,500 and share wiring with their host cobra heads. With lights spaced approximately one every 150', the average block would be upgraded with three decorative lights--lights that create safer walkways, highlight St. Louis' architectural heritage, create welcoming districts for businesses and encourage walking and cycling.

The number doubles when lights are located on both block faces, but the overall cost per block is far less than typical street-scape improvement projects. Depending on funding levels, priority areas would be identified by resident input and an analysis of pedestrian and cycling traffic, crime and visual impact. Shreve Avenue on the north side and Macklind Avenue in the South Hampton are two active areas with existing businesses, schools, churches, bus lines and other attractions. They both provide limited lighting for pedestrians. Similarly, major attraction corridors like Jefferson, Broadway, Gravois and N. or W. Florrissant are the face of the city to drivers and transit users and in major need of these beautification efforts as well.

Lets Lighten Up St. Louis-- lighten up crosswalks, business districts, architecture, bike and pedestrian spheres-- for a safer, more attractive city.

Budget: We plan to pilot this first. Tier 1: $15,000 for lights and installation for 1 neighborhood. Tier 2: $30,000 for lights and installation for 2 neighborhoods


SoSaidStina said 1/28/2016

Any updates??? Soulard needs this desperately


arr1274 said 5/10/2015

To mpowerstlouis, I'm working on lighting for downtown St. Louis and I'm interested in the pedestrian lighting you found. If you're interested in providng me any info please email me at Sincerely, Adam


kminor10 said 2/5/2013

Any infrastructure improvement in the public right of way would be insured. That's the way they replace the existing street lights now.


Scampster said 1/31/2013

Great idea but how would you prevent vandalism because anytime something new is added to improve quality of life someone is bound to try and destroy it ?

Emily Beck

Emily Beck said 1/31/2013

Go, Michael, go!

Santo Domingo California

Santo Domingo California said 1/21/2013

Great. And LED lights use very little power.

Harriet Brown

Harriet Brown said 1/16/2013

Light up st. louis is a very good idea. Would love to have more lights on all city streets.


DannyJ said 1/11/2013

What a great idea to beautify St. Louis while making it safer!


Linda said 1/9/2013

No tripping over uneven sidewalks you can't see, no falling in holes disguised in the night. I would even be able to recognize my neighbor as we pass in the winter evening! Surely with all the brilliant minds that the city houses a way can be conjured up to make this work!


MartiK said 1/9/2013

Great idea! Definitely increases safety and quality of life!

CJ Howard

CJ Howard said 1/1/2013

I believe the vintage fixture on the cobra pole is a great idea. The distribution of light from each seems perfect. said 12/31/2012

If these will be distributed evenly to all neighborhoods who is willing to share the cost can reap the be its and security and safety!


Ffgump said 12/30/2012

To scab a second faux vintage fixture halfway up a concrete light pole with an existing cobra head on top isn't very appealing, aesthetically. Isn't there a more attractive solution for this problem? Perhaps the cobra fixture could be removed, 10 feet or so of the pole could be lopped off and a nicer double fixture could be affixed instead.


Duffy said 12/29/2012

A demonstration of how good design not only brings visual pleasure but also helps to make our city safer.


NanaPam said 12/29/2012

Great idea!

Will Tyler

Will Tyler said 12/27/2012

This is an AWESOME IDEA! Let! There! Be! Light!

Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs said 12/24/2012

This is the only idea in the top 5 that actually fixes a problem, isnt just adding more flowers or sports leagues to the city

CJ Howard

CJ Howard said 12/22/2012

Great idea! Better include maintenance costs.


shancromp said 12/22/2012

@onehappyguy: Let's talk about reducing the number of assaults in the city. FACT: Well-lit areas attract less violence than dark sidewalks. The concept "If you must be outside...."??? What? The world is outside! Of course, to be anywhere, you must leave your apartment; thus, you must go outside. While headlamps (loads more effective than flashlights) are alternatives, a perpetrator knows that once he attacks you, the light will go out. A streetlight allows passerbys to see an attack and have the option to stop and aid <-- PROVEN!


onehappyguy said 12/21/2012

Or we could use the money that would go to these lights and hire more teachers and police officers. If you must be outside, walking in the dark, get yourself a $5 flashlight.


blahblahblah said 12/18/2012

Don't spend a penny unless the lights are DARK SKY friendly! Don't add to light pollution!


bart said 12/11/2012

great idea matt!

Stephanie Cheney

Stephanie Cheney said 12/10/2012

I'm sooo excited about this idea! Head it today on KMOX!

Matthew Mourning

Matthew Mourning said 12/10/2012

Jose-- Unless your building is flush with the sidewalk, it's doubtful that these downward-cast examples shown above would flood your building with light. Plus, the proposal suggests installing these lights on commercial/mixed use streets like Shreve, Invanhoe, and W. Florissant, etc.--not fully residential streets, unless they were desired. said 12/10/2012

This is a great idea! I'm thinking if you check with the Police Department they may be able to provide some statistics on how lighting helps prevent theft and vandalism.


jose said 12/9/2012

Does this mean my living room and bedroom is going to flooded by city lights when I'm trying to go to bed? it doesn't seem like the light fixture sheilds the lights from being seen at the pedestrian level beyond the sidewalk.

Jace Jones

Jace Jones said 12/8/2012

This is an amazing idea. It would benefit many areas by helping them feel safer.

Alex R

Alex R said 12/8/2012

This is a great idea.