Hasting CED Clinic – Summary of Findings on street lighting in the Tenderloin. The findings show insufficient lighting in the Tenderloin especially in non-transit/business areas.
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To: Randy Shaw
From: Hastings CED Clinic
Re: Tenderloin Lighting Project
Date: February 6, 2011
Summary of Findings
This study will analyze lighting in the heart of the Historic District known as the Uptown/Tenderloin. We looked at the light posts along its main streets. One team collected data along the north/south (1)(vertical) streets, Larkin, Hyde, Leavenworth and Jones. The other team collected data along the east/west (horizontal) streets, Ellis, Eddy and Turk.
The study was completed during the day, so data was not collected concerning the maintenance and effectiveness of the lighting. Further study should be completed to determine the level of lighting provided by local businesses in the Little Saigon areas and by UCHastings which provides lighting along Hyde and McAllister. Additionally, most residential hotels had light fixtures, but the researchers could not discern their effectiveness.
The light fixtures were primarily focused on the streets and even if there were sufficient light for vehicles, there remains an overwhelming need for pedestrian lighting. Sufficient pedestrian lighting was only found on one street, and it appeared to be older than the light posts that typically provided lighting for the neighborhood.
Lighting overall was focused on transit routes and businesses. The lighting in residential areas was not sufficient. Lighting in these areas may need to be improved to increase the feeling of safety and promote nightlife in the Uptown/Tenderloin Neighborhood.