Copper Thieves Plunge Detroit Freeways into Darkness

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Question: what is the difference between a city run by Democrats and a failed state run by warlords and militias?

Answer: the right to vote twice in American elections

Motor City is making a comeback. It just has to do its driving in the dark.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says one-fifth of the lights along freeways in Metro Detroit aren’t working — and copper thieves are mainly to blame.

MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said roughly 20 percent of the lights on poles and beneath overpasses on freeways in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties are dark.

“We are responsible for about 5,500 light poles and also about 5,000 individual lights that are installed beneath overpasses,” Morosi told The Detroit News. “Right now we’re estimating 1,100 outages to those poles for a number of reasons.”

In other news from the city that came out 98 percent for Obama, the freeways, which have no lights anyway, are closed due to weather-related accidents. There’s a backlog of 11,000 untested rape kits and the governor is looking for an emergency financial manager to take over its finances as it appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy with an $8.2 billion debt that would make it the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

Fortunately Mayor Bing had some reassuring, if ungrammatical, words of hope for the people of Detroit.

Despite our much-publicized financial issues, there is progress to report in the City of Detroit. The picture is not all doom and gloom. Everyday there are more signs of hope and possibilities.

Yes. Many, many signs. Like infrastructure investments in energy efficient lights.

Tonight, I am pleased to report significant progress in many areas. Our proposal to create a Detroit Public Lighting Authority that could invest as much as $160 million in infrastructure upgrades was backed by State Legislators and most recently by our City Council. Their votes of approval pave the way to begin turning on lights THIS year.

We have already repaired or replaced thousands of streetlights and installed hundreds of energy-efficient LED street lamps in many areas. And make no mistake; The City of Detroit will retain ownership and control of its public lighting system. And Detroiters will participate in the decisions on how our City will be lit.

At this rate Detroit will soon be on the copper standard. But I still think Mayor Bing is overlooking the obvious solution.

  • cxt

    The main difference is that even with warlords if your all paid up on your bribes and such…then things are likely to go "ok" for you….you can count on having running water and lights etc.

    With a city controlled by the Dem/s….well, even with the bribes you can count on the same.

  • UCSPanther

    I'm sure copper and metal thieves will find a market for stolen and used LED streetlights as well.

    If you can steal it, you can fence it….

  • Mary Sue

    Now if only they'd Darwin themselves into electrocution death when stealing said copper…

    • UCSPanther

      They probably do. I hear getting that copper thieves getting flash fried on high-tension wires is so common in South Africa that the news rarely reports it.

  • misternatural13

    have the authorities offered up a description of the alleged perpetrators?
    ha ha ha