I feel nervously horrible for having a direct hand in such an eyesore as the point person, and sent out emails and talked to everyone about correcting the mistake. Everyone, although not pleased, were understanding and conveyed that it was a good attempt at improving our community's safety. But one particular neighbor was frankly just a...ahem...difficult [edited]. He lives on the other side of the building where it's already safely illuminated and his entrance is tucked into the corner, so he responded to the crime worries with an indifferent shrug. He resides in his unit only for a fraction of the year, mostly traveling to work on films and holding onto the unit not because he needs it, but because I was told he has an ongoing feud with our landlord (it's a highly desirable rent controlled unit and he's been in there for ages). Unfortunately, because of his extended travels, I had never had the chance to meet or discuss with him about the lighting plans, and he returned just recently to find the bright light outside his window. My angry neighbor's main concern was that his "view was ruined" because he could see "the power lines clear as day". I apologized and explained that the lights were installed because of the reasons noted above, and I had already contacted DWP to come back out to adjust or remove them. I reiterated several times I could see why the lights were not working for any of us, and assured him I'd take responsibility to have them removed. He'll have to endure one more evening with the light, for the soonest DWP can come to remove it is tomorrow (I had seven days to have it removed at no cost, no questions asked, and it was as easy as a phone call).Hopefully in the meantime, our apartment isn't mistaken for the Eye of Sauron, and my neighbors and I will be all pitching in to have an electrician install wall mounted lighting on our stairways and walkways as solution. The sad thing learned from this all is that there is always one neighbor whose primary interests are limited to his own. Take away my neighbor's view and I finally meet my neighbor of three years whom I had never once seen before. But ask him about how to improve our neighborhood and he mostly implied it was for us to deal with. I guess the light outside illuminated not only the street but the character of everyone it affected. But at least my other neighbors have all banded together to work toward a solution, and that's no small feat.