Boston always forgets

Boston always forgets switching off

street lights

The first time, I saw many street lights in Boston’s Financial District still on at noon, I was quite shocked. It was in last September when my IT instructor asked us to go to downtown Boston and take as many photos as we could to practice our photography. While most of my classmates focused on photoing people, high-rise buildings, street activities and so on, I zeros in on taking photos of street lights, which I prefer to  describe as “sleepless during the daytime.”

Since then, whenever I see street lights illuminating in the daytime, I can’t help taking out my camera. Today, I just took some more photos on sleepless street lights in Boston and Cambridge. Only a few minutes left, billions of people around the world will start to turn off their lights for an hour to support the largest environmental event in history – Earth Hour. I will join people to turn off the lights in my apartment from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., too.

Photo: Chau Mai

The photo was taken on Tremont street right on the side of the Boston Common Park at 11:39 a.m on March 31, 2012.

Photo: Chau Mai

The photo was taken on Boylston street next to Emerson College at 14:19 on March 31, 2012.

Photo: Chau Mai

I took the train back to Science Park Station just to take this photo at 15:14 on March 31, 2012. I do not know the street name.

Photo: Chau Mai

The photo was taken on the track at Science Park Station at 15:17 on March 31, 2012.

Photo: Chau Mai

Photo: Chau Mai

I took these two pictures at Lechmere Station in Cambridge at 15:06 on March 31, 2012.

Photo: Chau Mai

 This picture was taken in front of Suffolk University in downtown Boston at 12:44 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2011.

Photo: Chau Mai

In Boston’s Financial District at 12:49 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2011.

Photo: Chau Mai

Some street lights were off while others were on. I like the contrast in this picture, which was taken on the street where the Emerson College’s Paramount Theater is located.

Photo: Chau Mai

It is easy to find street lights staying on during the day around Boston and Cambridge.

 Several questions come out of my mind whenever I see the day illuminated by street lights. I wonder if those street lights are solar ones; and if not, why they are not switched off; if the local authorities are aware of this persistent situation, if anyone reports this problem to the local authorities. I think we DON’T need to await Earth Hour to switch off the unnecessary lights.

As an action devoted to Earth Hour 2012, right after finishing this blog, I sent the link to the assistant to the Chief of Environmental and Energy Services at the Boston City Hall, whom I contacted last November with an intention to write a story about “why many street lights in Boston are still on in the daytime?”. For some reason, until now I have not written that story.

 (March 31 – Earth Hour 2012)


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