Fundraiser held to raise money for more historic lights in downtown Evansville

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Lighting up Evansville’s historic district.

That’s the goal of one organization that’s working to install new lighting downtown.

There have been some concerns raised about security in the historic district at night and officials with one organization say installing a new type of lighting should help out.

Some of those new lights were turned on just last week.

“We’re just trying to get money to do more lighting in our neighborhood for safety reasons, walkability, lighting,” said event organizer Mindy Word.

That money came pouring in Wednesday night during a fundraiser in downtown Evansville.

The goal is to buy more historic-style lights that not only look good but make the neighborhood safer.

“We have the cobra heads right now, which are up in the trees and the historic lighting that we’re putting in right now is eye level, so it’s lighting up the streets better,” said Word.

Two new lights were just installed and turned on last week on Southeast Second Street.

The hope is to raise enough money to install more of those lights up and down the street.

They’re not cheap though.  Wednesday’s fundraiser is expected to only pay for one.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to walk down there at night or not but the sidewalks, some of them have been redone, some of them have cracks in them and you really have to watch what you’re doing if the cobra heads aren’t lighting things well,” says Charles Hudson.

Hudson, a member of the Old Evansville Historic Association said the organization is trying to raise enough money on its own to pay for the lights.

The ones just installed last week, he said, have already been a success and he believes the area would benefit from having more.

“The streets that are done, you can actually see where you’re walking,” said Hudson. “It’s safer for people to be out at night. We want the area to be walkable, we want it to be pedestrian friendly, we want tourists to be able to be there at night. So, it’s both for accessibility, safety, and to be more historically accurate for the neighborhood.”

Organizers say because the lights are so expensive they plan to host more fundraisers soon in hopes of buying as many lights as possible.

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(This story was originally published on February 20, 2019)

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