Highland Park, a predominantly Black city surrounded by Detroit, Mich., has been in the dark since utility company DTE Energy removed 1,200 of its streetlights in 2011 in the settlement of a $4 million debt. But since 2012, community-led Soulardarity has been installing solar-powered street lights that also provide community wi-fi -- 17 so far. Soulardarity says the idea is driven by actual Highland Park residents, particularly elders and women. Its next step is working to raise $10 million to replace the rest of the missing streetlights.

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