There are some lights and they never go on

About a week ago I noticed that a good 6 to 8 streetlights on my street (in JP) are burned out. When I first saw one out, I thought “oh, weird” but then I noticed they were out all the way up the hill towards my house and as far past it as I could see.

This is not very comforting as
a) I am a single girl who sometimes walks home alone after dark
b) the curve of street past my house is Really Very Dark

I called NStar on Friday (did you know they have a phone number JUST for burnt out streetlights?) and left my name and phone number. So far, lights still out and no word from the big wigs. How long should this take? Is there something else I can do?

In The Dark (eh, too easy, I know)

1 Comment so far

  1. lizbet (unregistered) on October 20th, 2004 @ 9:57 am

    There is a column in the Sunday Globe, in the City Weekly section, called Globe Watch (, dedicated to just this type of thing, and I believe this past sunday’s is actually this exact topic. They have an email address you can contact people at, and since it’s a public forum, they usually get really good results.

    From this past Sunday’s piece: “Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman Jennifer Flagg urges residents with concerns about malfunctioning street lights on Department of Conservation and Recreation properties to call the department at 617-626-1250.” (this specifically applies to lights on the Arborway and the Jamaicaway)

    you could also get the city of Boston involved, this is definitely a public safety issue!

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