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La Crosse neighborhods hope new street lights bring brighter future

Light the Night Celebration

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - In an effort to make the community feel safer at night, street lights have been put in along 6th street in the Washburn and Powell-Poage-Hamilton neighborhoods.

Residents in those neighborhoods celebrated the completion of the project Wednesday night with a 'Light the Night' event.

The city bought the lights from UW-La Crosse for $5,000, saving the city nearly $55,000.

Since then, crews have been installing the lights along 6th street from Cass Street to South Avenue.

Community members hope the project changes people's attitude towards the area.

"A lot of things have been said about the neighborhoods, a lot of misconceptions over the tragedy that's happened here. So, having the ability to shed a different light on what's going on in our community is a really great opportunity for us," said the Vice Chair of the PPH Neighborhood Association Angela Manke. 

Local neighborhood associations hope to see the project grow by adding more street lighting in the future.

"I hope I live long enough to see more and more of this happening. This area is going to continue to be the jewel of the city of La Crosse," said council member Fran Formanek who represents the area.

The money for the lighting project came out of the city's capital improvement budget. 

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