The city of Philadelphia is having some problems maintaining street lights in alleys.
Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said her department is doing a citywide survey of alley lights to find out which ones are on and which ones aren’t working. She told Council President Anna Verna and Councilman Bill Greenlee vandalism is a major problem.
Tolson: “We have a problem with people throwing rocks and also with bullets.”
Verna: “They what?”
Tolson: “They shoot them out.”
Greenlee: “And also aren’t they cutting wires?”
Tolson: “Yes there’s lots of various damage, when people intend to disable a light, it’s difficult to work around them.”
Councilman Greenlee told Commissioner Tolson the lights are important.
Greenlee: “Oftentimes it’s in those areas where they are disabled is where they are needed the most.”
Tolson: “It’s a catch 22.”
Tolson says some of the lights have been removed, and the Streets Department is trying to figure out ways to replace them while making them vandal resistant.