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Old 01-25-2009, 06:58 PM
 
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Atlanta need street lights! It's a shame to hear someone say we don't yet you want to call yourself a big city. Wake up and stop thinking small town..Just like with MARTA you don't want that either. I find it amazing to think that some of you still think that way. It's hard to see the 285-85 interchange with no lights...Or 400 and 285..sad. When I first got here my wife were driving on Ga 400 from Windward Parkway exist when we notice that a car had driven off the exist and was stuck in the ditch. Had the tail lights not remain on that car no one would have ever seen them. More street lights!
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Billerica, MA
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Atlanta need street lights! It's a shame to hear someone say we don't yet you want to call yourself a big city. Wake up and stop thinking small town..Just like with MARTA you don't want that either. I find it amazing to think that some of you still think that way. It's hard to see the 285-85 interchange with no lights...Or 400 and 285..sad. When I first got here my wife were driving on Ga 400 from Windward Parkway exist when we notice that a car had driven off the exist and was stuck in the ditch. Had the tail lights not remain on that car no one would have ever seen them. More street lights!
There's not enough lighting at Spaghetti Junction? I have never had that problem up there.

And while there are areas where street lights might be needed, we don't need to light the entire metro area. It's wasteful and unnecessary. Other major cities have the same setup with street lights on interstates and they don't have near the problems people here in metro Atlanta. In fact, the amount of accidents I hear happening here is worse than in other metro areas with the same lighting. The issue is not lighting - it's poor driving and 6+ lane highways on each side increasing the risk to the driver.
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Old 01-26-2009, 09:18 PM
 
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Atlanta need street lights! It's a shame to hear someone say we don't yet you want to call yourself a big city. Wake up and stop thinking small town..Just like with MARTA you don't want that either. I find it amazing to think that some of you still think that way. It's hard to see the 285-85 interchange with no lights...Or 400 and 285..sad. When I first got here my wife were driving on Ga 400 from Windward Parkway exist when we notice that a car had driven off the exist and was stuck in the ditch. Had the tail lights not remain on that car no one would have ever seen them. More street lights!
Who are you accusing of not wanting MARTA? Just like in any city with rail transit, there are those that embrace it and those that despise it...but it seems to me that the majority of Atlantans appreciate and take pride in MARTA - even if they don't use it every day.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:52 AM
 
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We need lights on ga 400. Does anyone agree?
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I moved here from the midwest also and noticed that right away. I dont like how a lot of streets dont have adequate lighting and I hate driving on freeways such as 400 and 285 that arent lit at night. But the city has been doing a good job re-lighting peachtree street in midtown to make it more pedestrian friendly.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:09 AM
 
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please do NOT use your highbeams at night, and blind everyone else..

you will get use to the lack of lights.. plus it saves engery and greenhouse gases
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Norcross, GA. (Metro Atlanta)
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This isn't just an Atlanta problem. At the intersection of I-16 & I-95 near Savannah, there are NO lights whatsoever! This is absolutely ridiculous because this is a major intersection of two North-South/East-West interstates.

I believe the problem lies with GADOT. Years behind everyone else.
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:00 AM
 
Location: Acworth
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I75 in cobb has been taking more and more lights off lately.. I know there was some dispute over who would foot the bill for them a while back. State said its county, county said its interstate and not county road so not their bill.

High beams save lives when used properly.
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Old 09-18-2009, 08:49 AM
 
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The lack of street lighting on the freeways has always annoyed me since I moved here. The Top End of I-285 is pretty bad with this. The counties aren't too keen about footing the bill for the lighting of the highways.

I'm not saying lets use those huge tall lighting masts that you see in say, Houston (they are designed so the pattern of the lights are directed mainly at the freeway rather than have the lighting dispersed in the surroundings, but I wouldn't want to live directly by them), but at least have some decent size lighting in the median, I-20 east of Downtown being the best example of how lighting should be done.

As for lighting in neighborhoods, that seems to be the case here in the area. I think neighborhoods could have streetlights mainly for safety reasons, but you do get used to it after awhile
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:40 AM
 
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The Atlanta I live in has street lights everywhere. The suburbs are not the big city and may not have lights everywhere but quite frankly I wouldn't expect them too. I think you would find the same in outlaying areas of other cities (maybe not all but of many). Personally if my house is in the burbs I don't want a streetlight on my street causing light polution at night.

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Atlanta need street lights! It's a shame to hear someone say we don't yet you want to call yourself a big city. Wake up and stop thinking small town..Just like with MARTA you don't want that either. I find it amazing to think that some of you still think that way. It's hard to see the 285-85 interchange with no lights...Or 400 and 285..sad. When I first got here my wife were driving on Ga 400 from Windward Parkway exist when we notice that a car had driven off the exist and was stuck in the ditch. Had the tail lights not remain on that car no one would have ever seen them. More street lights!
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