Let there be light: 11 photos showing the transformation of Detroit's new streetlights

On Thursday, Dec. 15, Detroit's Public Lighting Authority will celebrate a ceremonial "lighting of the last light" at the Detroit riverfront — the end of a $185-million, nearly three-year effort to replace 88,000 of the city's old streetlights with 65,000 new energy-efficient LED lights. The College for Creative Studies' special projects class were approached by the PLA to document the transformation — these are a sample of some of the images they made. (Read more about the project here.)

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Corner of Kercheval Ave. and Parker St. Photo by Aaron Barton.
Corner of Kercheval Ave. and Parker St. Photo by Aaron Barton.
Willis East and Moran St. Photo by Aaron Barton.
Willis East and Moran St. Photo by Aaron Barton.
Palmer Park, Whitmore Rd. between 3rd Ave. and Manderson Rd. Photo by Alex Hall.
Palmer Park, Whitmore Rd. between 3rd Ave. and Manderson Rd. Photo by Alex Hall.
North Detroit, Klinger between E. Davidson and Grant. Photo by Alex Hall.
North Detroit, Klinger between E. Davidson and Grant. Photo by Alex Hall.
Corktown, Near Muliett Park between Vermont St. and Wabash St. Photo by Haomin Wei.
Corktown, Near Muliett Park between Vermont St. and Wabash St. Photo by Haomin Wei.
North Detroit, Carpenter and Jos Campau. Photo by John Cates.
North Detroit, Carpenter and Jos Campau. Photo by John Cates.
East Detroit, Leverett and Trumbull. Photo by John Cates.
East Detroit, Leverett and Trumbull. Photo by John Cates.
North Detroit, Ride It Sculpture Park, Klinger and E. Davidson. Photo by Haomin Wei.
North Detroit, Ride It Sculpture Park, Klinger and E. Davidson. Photo by Haomin Wei.
West Detroit, Kercheval and East Lawn. Photo by Paige Campbell.
West Detroit, Kercheval and East Lawn. Photo by Paige Campbell.
Downtown Detroit, From Rivard and Atwater. Photo by Steve Koss.
Downtown Detroit, From Rivard and Atwater. Photo by Steve Koss.