The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

It'll Never Work!

This list is making the rounds on the internet, and with good reason. Here's a sample:

The Kölonische Zeitung [Köln, Germany, 28 March 1819] listed six grave reasons against street lighting, including these:

1. Theological: It is an intervention in God's order, which makes nights dark...
2. Medical: It will be easier for people to be in the streets at night, afflicting them with colds...
3. Philosophical-moral: Morality deteriorates through street lighting. Artificial lighting drives out fear of the dark, which keeps the weak from sinning...
(Hat tip, Dr. Tufte)


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