The City of Boston must change the power source of the Temple Street sidewalk lamps from gas power to energy-efficient electric power without changing the appearance of the gas lamps. Electric street lamps would increase safety for pedestrians and trees, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and save taxpayer dollars.
Gas leaks kill trees. In 1977, these 16 gas-powered lamps were installed along with 16 newly planted trees. Today, the trees are now either dead or dying.
We have an opportunity to lead on climate on Beacon Hill. We can maintain the historical character and charm while also save our neighborhood’s trees.
We ask for an open public process to decide on the look and feel of new lamps that will include expertise from lighting experts to match the warm glow and hue.