ROGERS PARK — Clark Street in Rogers Park is about to be brighter than ever.
The busy street is slated to get $150,000 worth of improvements to its streetlights, including a fresh coat of paint, new LED bulbs and decorative piggy-back lights.
The light enhancements are funded through participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward, which allows residents to pitch and vote on projects and other ideas to help beautify or improve the neighborhood.
Of the 2,911 votes cast, the "Update Clark Streetlights" project received 1,633, or 56 percent.
Rogers Park was among the seven neighborhoods that participated in the city's pilot program to brighten streets with new, crisper high-efficiency streetlights.
LED, or light-emitting diodes, glow with a whiter hue than traditional lights around the city. The light is directed more onto the streets and less into homes. And they last three times as long, meaning fewer burned-out bulbs for years.
The upgrades are "just the first of many positive, long overdue changes coming to the Clark Street commercial corridor in the coming years," said Carolina Juarez, who manages the Clark Street Special Service Area for the Rogers Park Business Alliance.
The city plans to replace 270,000 streetlights over the next four years.