|I didn't vote on this challenge so this is the first time I've seen this. I love the shopping cart -- it's a perfect touch.
As to the blown-out street lamp, you do have some detail there, so it's not that bad.
I've tried photos in a similar vein and have had some success combining shots.
I do one shot as the meter in my DSLR tells me. Generally, this gives me good detail in the street, buildings, windows, etc. Then I take a second shot at 1/125" or 1/50" or until I have decent detail in the street light (or what ever else is blown out). Then I go home and blend the layers in Photoshop CS5. I use the long exposure as the base and layer the short exposure over it. I then fade the short exposure shot a little until the light looks good, and use a very soft brush to erase the rest of the short exposure layer. Flatten the image, and I've usually got a pretty good looking street light. (IMNSHO 8P) I've also used it for nocturnal landscapes/seascapes when the moon is blown out.