A number of cash-strapped Indiana cities either already have or will be shutting off every other streetlight to save money. There's some talk of "going dark" altogether!
A city full of streetlights is a costly proposition but just one streetlight-type light, not so much.
Here's something you might not know: most electric utilities are still in the "light" part of the Power & Light business. They will lease you a streetlight; it gets hung on their pole (cheapest if there's already one there) and they maintain it. There's a flat monthly fee and you have to sign up for a minimum period of time, a year or two.
It's cheap. At my old house, I was paying $6.75 a month; at Roseholme, I have a 175 Watt job, which the latest bill shows as $6.87, plus tax. It's one of the high-efficiency types, with a lot of light output for the power it uses.
So, if your part of the block goes dark and you'd as soon it didn't, see what it would cost to have a light put in.
This is a good example of the principle of beneficence: you get what you want, neighbors on your block get the benefit of an additional light, but you're not out anything extra to provide it to them.
Why expect Big Brother to do it for you?
4 months ago