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