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Christmas Lights Missing in Kent

Did the Grinch steal the downtown tree lights?

Do you miss the light strings that festooned the shade trees along Water Street sidewalks at Christmastime?  I sure do.  There weren't a lot of them, just one long string per tree of small white lights.  But they turned the streetscape into a bit of welcome fairyland on a long winter night.  Now?  It's just a long winter night downtown.  Don't get me wrong; I like the lights that are up now, but those tree lights added more holiday spirit than all the rest of the lights combined.  Because they were overhead in the thin branches of the trees, each tree looked like a constellation of stars in the early darkness of winter. 

If you don't miss those little white lights, compare the photos from January 2010 to the ones I took this week.  As long as your name isn't Ebenezer Scrooge, I'm certain you'll agree their return would be welcomed as much as Santa is on Christmas morning.

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Brad Bolton December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I went downtown the night the lights were turned on this year, and was surprised how drab downtown seemed without the tree lights.
Karen Beck December 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I loved those lights! As our downtown gets more and more user friendly, those lights would be awesome in the trees all year!!!
Brad Bolton December 14, 2012 at 04:35 PM
My sentiments exactly. It's cheaper to leave the lights up all year than to pay employees to remove them. If they were LED lights, it would cost about 1/10 as much to light them compared to the old style lights, and they could be turned on every night. I love 'em.
Matt Fredmonsky December 14, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I recall a brief discussion at council within the past few years about leaving the lights up year round in the trees. I can't remember if I wrote about it or just listened to the discussion at a council meeting. Regardless, obviously there was no decision to leave them up all year or they would be.
Lisa Hart December 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I miss them too! And I agree that they should be up all year. It's surprising how much light they actually give, and they certainly add dimension to the scene.

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