Valle Vista residents raise funds to brighten neighborhood, fight crime

Residents in one of Greenwood’s largest neighborhoods felt unsafe when growing trees started to shroud street lights in some areas, leaving them poorly lit.

The residents of Valle Vista neighborhood along Smith Valley Road raised more than $10,000 and got Greenwood to help out with the rest of the cost of the $15,397 project.

New and brighter lights soon will be installed, Greenwood Community Services director Mark Richards said. The hope is that brighter street lights will prevent crime and make the neighborhood safer at night, he said.

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