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Evansville's historic district may be getting a little brighter

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Members of the Downtown Evansville Historic Association say the lights will make the streets safer. Members of the Downtown Evansville Historic Association say the lights will make the streets safer.

The face of the Evansville Historic District may be getting brighter.

Members of the Downtown Evansville Historic Association say new street lighting will make the streets safer, but a few have some concerns.

"This whole block, ok, what lights do we have here? One on that corner and one on that corner,"downtown neighbor, Elmer Buchta says.

Buchta lives on southeast First Street. He says that at night, especially in the summer when the trees sprout leaves, the streets in the historic district are too dark.

"It's scary, frankly. Just imagine walking down the riverfront and about 60 percent of your lights go off. It doesn't feel very safe," Buchta says.

That's why Buchta, who is Vice President of the Old Evansville Historic Association, and other residents have raised about $60,000 to get street lamps like these up.

"I want to make it clear that I'm for the project. I just want it to be for the entire neighborhood," says Bill Bryant.

But residents, like Bill Bryant, have some concerns.

"I hope they've got a plan for the neighborhood, which would include lighting placement, the phase, where the phases go, how they determine where the next phase it at," Bryant says.

The plan is for the street lamps to be put in separate phases, starting at First Street and branching out.

"There's too many things that can happen, unexpected things that can make this project make a detour," Bryant says.

Elmer says this is a project that needs to happen, and he says they will see it through.

"We're gonna stay at this until we get the entire district covered," Buchta says.

The city is holding a public meeting this weekend to discuss the project with the neighbors. It's Saturday morning at 9:00 at the First Presbyterian Church.

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