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People on the block of Iowa and 16th st. say the  area is pitch dark People on the block of Iowa and 16th st. say the area is pitch dark
A petition is circulating to add more lighting to downtown Dubuque area A petition is circulating to add more lighting to downtown Dubuque area
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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

People living in downtown Dubuque want something to change.

They want a safer neighborhood and some say it starts with street lighting.

"There's no lighting...we can't see anything, it's so dark," said Kimber Bush.  

Bush lives in downtown Dubuque not even a block away from last week's horrible murder.  It's prompted this mother of three, to go door-to-door  and collect signatures so the city of Dubuque can add street lights to the neighborhood.

"We have absolutely no light on our  block, at all.  It's pitch dark.  I believe that if we had lighting the incident that just occurred with the woman being murdered could've been prevented," she said.

The petition is to get better lighting on the block of 16th and Iowa street, also along West 17th Street where last week's attack occurred. 

In just a few days, Bush has collected over 500 signatures.  

She plans on turning them into city hall. From there, they will go to city manager Michael C. Van Milligen and be reviewed with the engineering staff to see if it's something the city can pursue.

KWWL reached out to the city of Dubuque and they said it's been an ongoing initiative to add lighting to the downtown area, and have been replacing existing lighting with brighter LED lighting for the past few years, but  some neighbors say they've had to take matters  into their own hands.

"I put the light up there for the neighborhood so people could be safe when they walk by, it's part of the neighborhood.  There's no street lights,"  said Francis Marshall. 

So as day turns to night, he turns on his new bright light on the porch in hopes of keeping the community safe, but says the city should be taking care of it. 

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