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Meet The Man Leading Detroit's Streetlight Fix: Odis Jones

May 16, 2014

By Pat Batcheller


Mr. Jones (and me)


"We're prioritizing getting the neighborhoods lit first."

Odis Jones, CEO of the Detroit Public Lighting Authority.

This week, WDET revisited two Detroit neighborhoods where the city is installing brand new street lights. There are about 88,000 street lights in Detroit, and it's been estimated that about half of them are broken. The new LED lights are brighter and more energy efficient. They're also a welcome change for most of the residents WDET talked to as part of the Detroit Agenda series. WDET's Pat Batcheller spoke with Public Lighting Authority CEO Odis Jones, who says one of PLA's goals is to reduce neighborhood crime. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.



WDET’s news team took to the streets to talk to hundreds of Detroiters about their neighborhoods – asking what they wanted for their communities – and what needs to change. Learn more about The Detroit Agenda here.