New York is probably the world's noisiest city. Pollution in general is a very live?
New York is probably the world's noisiest city. Pollution in general is a very live issue in the Unite States and recently there has been growing concern about "noise pollution" which can make life almost unbearable in some city areas.
In Manhattan the disturbance starts at 5.00 a.m. with the arrival of the garbage trucks. These monstrous vehicles operate two or three at a time along a single block. Once a hotel guest on the 14th floor became so enraged by the noise that he bombarded the dustmen below with bottles.
This noise is officially defined as " Temporary " so it is excluded from the nuisance law. But to those who live in the echoing, concrete canyons of Manhattan it is a daily torture.
Building sites are another source of annoyance. In such places as Emm Street in Washington, where developers have moved in, great square boxes are gradually filling every foot of space. And since 1967 anybody walking down the street between 7.00 a.m. and 5.00. p.m. has had to shout to make himself heard.
Noise has been defined as unnecessary sound but construction noise is the result of socially useful activity and therefore escapes the anti-noise ordinance. The result it acoustic anarchy.
Modern pop music increases the decibel rate. In places like Harlem, record shop owners place loudspeakers on the pavement and broadcast their wares. In discotheques young dancers want to be submerged in sound. The result is that some of the musicians risk deafness.
The noise problem is now so bad that citizens are beginning to form protest groups to force industry, for example, to build quieter construction equipment and to persuade local councils to tighten up on the laws. Action is needed urgently. For United States experts calculate that within 15 years 80 per cent of the population will be living in towns.