Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Noisy? Not here

It came as a little bit of surprise to know that the combined neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood, which make up CB12, accounted for the most 311 noise complaints in the past 12 months or so. Why? Because I've rarely ever in my 2+ years here had the urge to complain about noise issues. This may of course have to do with where specifically I live: on an avenue in the Hudson Heights section that is considerably more quiet than, say, Broadway or 181st Street. But I also have to wonder whether more noise complaints are registered because people above 155th Street generally expect their neighborhood to be quieter in general, and therefore the threshold is lower. If you live in an area where there is more continuous noise from traffic, maybe it takes more of a disruption to make you pick up the phone.

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