Problems arise with downtown parking garage lighting filters

COLUMBIA — The show is over for the lighting demonstration at the Fifth and Walnut parking garage.

After the city received complaints from residents about the garage’s bright lights, the Environment and Energy Commission approved a demonstration of photo-corrective films by independent lighting consultant Eric Sax.

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I’m actually glad I’ve had this garage lighting story sequence. It’s given me the opportunity to follow a longer-term story through different stages, learn how to cover public meetings, work with officials, explain more technical details in laymen’s terms, etc. This is the third installment, and I keep feeling more and more comfortable with the whole process.