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Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
8/30/2013 7:07:01 PM
User Rank Burgher
Closing of Factories reduces Noise
Today as I walked pass a Carpenter factory, I could hear the loud banging of some type of a hammer at regular intervals.  Years ago that sound was normal as many businesses or small factories made parts for automobile factories.  With the change in the economy, relocation of plants and modern technology that noise has been reduced alot in our City.   Awww, it was the noise of a more prosperous time for my City.....

 

Could there be a cost for a quieter town?

moomin-mashka
moomin-mashka  
8/29/2013 5:24:39 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: A question of culture
@Nicole

The authorities try to do their best to  set the rules of fireworks, and considering a smaller amount of firworks that I watched and heard in 2012, it might work

But still, Chinese believe that fireworks frighten away evil spirits, so  it is unlikely, that they stop doing that

  

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/29/2013 5:11:31 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: A question of culture
Wow, @moomin-mashka, I had no idea. Thanks for sharing! That's really interesting. Here in New York, fireworks are illegal -- but people find a way to get their hands on them for the Fourth of July. But I'm sure it's nothing compared to Spring Festival! 

(By the way, as an aside, if you have any photos of Shanghai [or any other cities you've visited] we love running snapshots from our community in our Today's Snapshot section. So feel free to send us anything you'd like to share!)

moomin-mashka
moomin-mashka  
8/29/2013 5:00:23 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Re: A question of culture
@ Nicole

 Well, if someone gets a promotion, or moving into a new apartment or  there is a wedding, just give  guys a reason , and they make big  bada boom!

Spring Festival ( which is known as Chinese New Year) is something undescribable. I have survived 2 of them in 2010 and 2012. In 2010,  I was shocked. I mean, I love fireworks, I do, but when  you feel like being inside of some action movie, where people are shooting from the guns  20 bullets per second, and you see explosions  everywhere, your only wish is to close the ears, to find a trench and stay there until its over.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/29/2013 2:33:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: A question of culture
"In Shanghai ,you can hear the explosions of firework both at 5 a.m and at 11 p.m."

@moomin-mashka: Every single day??

moomin-mashka
moomin-mashka  
8/29/2013 8:24:44 AM
User Rank City Slicker
A question of culture
I guess, this problem deals a lot with the cultural norms of behaviour.Lets take Asia as an example, In India or in China, car signalling is absolutelly normal, so drivers are honking all the time. In Shanghai ,you can hear the explosions of firework both at 5 a.m and at 11 p.m. So, people need to learn, that there are rules about making noise.For many of them, it's not obvious.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/28/2013 4:40:50 PM
User Rank Staff
Now for a real comment
Really interesting stuff here, Mary. I hadn't really thought before about the way urban design makes a difference when it comes to noise pollution. Knowing how to design out the excess noise is just another lesson that new city developers can glean from our existing cities that didn't properly take this into account.

You mention hearing loss in the blog, and it prompted me to think about the noise we inflict on ourselves, in part to block out noise pollution. In other words, listening to music with headphones to avoid listening to the roar of street traffic or construction or subway rumbling, for example. Noise upon noise can't really be good for anyone.

Susan, below, mentioned electric trams. I can imagine that if we get to a stage where cars and buses are all EVs, noise pollution will come down quite a bit.

Well, those are all of my completely disjointed thoughts on the matter. I'm in New York, so it's too noisy to think further about this.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
8/28/2013 4:19:58 PM
User Rank Staff
Apologies
"The New York Times recently reported on rising noise levels in the borough of Queens..."

Sigh. Must be my mom talking too loudly on the phone again. I'll take care of this.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
8/28/2013 6:27:48 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: It's all relative...
Your comment about the country being too quiet, Amy, made me think of a trip out of town earlier this summer. We were staying at a farm house a mile or more from the nearest road. But at night it was a racket, with insects, frogs, wild pigs and the occasional excited dog. I liked the crazy jumble of sounds, but it was definitely not quiet.

Barcelona has its share of traffic like any big city, but the electric trams get my vote for the best form of public transport. They swoosh by almost silently.

On the flip side are all the scooters here that whine their way up and down the hills.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
8/27/2013 12:59:34 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: I can't hear anymore
Mary, I did use Hearing protection for a majority of the time 75% at least. But things are loud on an aircraft carrier.

right now we have issues with airports in the area, they want to expand but the people wont allow it. they also cannot fly past a certian time, i think 10 pm. (Burbank Airport)

noise is everywhere from Trashtrucks picking up garbage to firetrucks to helicopters and add in road work and traffic and its way to much for some ears to handle.

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