It took the city significantly longer on average to repair broken street lights in Echo Park, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake than many other parts of the city, according to a Daily News story. It took an average of 8 days to repair a street light in the three communities while some areas had to wait only two or three days on average. One Elysian Valley resident waited 118 days to have a light fixed.
Why are Echo Park, Elysian Valley and Silver Lake left in the dark for so long compared to other areas? City officials came up with different responses, ranging from the distance crews had to travel from the Bureau of Street Lighting’s maintenance yard to a lack of readily available replacement parts for older lights and copper wire theft.
The lack of a street light, even for a few days, raised concern about neighborhood safety. Martha Mazariegos, the Elysian Valley resident who waited 118 days to have the light in front of her home repaired in 2012, told the Daily News:
In the dark it’s dangerous, and you don’t know who’s coming down the street.”
Click here to view an interactive map showing the average time it took to repair city streets in different neighborhoods.