I’m preparing a real wonder-post…in my humble opinion, but it’s taking a while to put together. To make up for the missing weekend addition to my blog I have a query for those of you who live in an urban environment.
Lighting is generally considered key to overall security whether it be personal or property. I have porch lights both front and back and two solar lamps in the alley running down the detached side of my row house. Across the street there is a street light which, for years, was clearly “under-illuminating” the block. A few weeks ago it stopped working altogether and the new lamp is much brighter.
That would be a good thing, right?
Only…in the week or so since that area has been more brightly illuminated there have been, it seems, many more impromptu late night conversations, debates, and get-togethers going on hereabouts.
None of this activity has been criminal, or even particularly rambunctious, just a bit more frequent. This is not scientific, of course, but it isn’t that I’m looking out more frequently, nor is it that it was so dark that I would have missed these goings on before. My hypothesis is that people would rather sit and talk, even if it is on someone else’s front steps, in an area that is well lit. Can you have too much light? Can it attract problems?