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Douglas Best

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Bloomberg

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Bloomberg's new Sound laws

    This article mentions Mayor Bloomberg's new sound laws. Its been 32 years since the city updated its sound laws, Bloomberg is trying to make the city quieter, by giving police officers the ability to issue fines/tickets to violators without special sound measuring devices, they can just judge the sound at a distance, if it is plainly audible police can move to strike. For example car stereos if heard plainly from a certain distance can be issued a ticket. Dog barking is written into the code, you now have 5 minutes at night to quiet your dog before you can be ticketed and ten minutes during the day. These are only a few examples.

    "Already enjoying the endorsement of City Council speaker Gifford Miller, the noise policy is expected to sail through the council this fall. Ultimately, it will be judged on the basis of perception: Will New Yorkers find the city more livable because it’s quieter, or less livable because they’re being harassed over their air conditioners? The most promising aspects of the proposal deal with lessening noise at construction sites with sound barriers and blankets for jackhammers, welcome at a time when construction is booming (although beware the generous exemption allowances)."

    While the city is still a noisy place my product will act as a buffer between sound legislation and the day to day noise we can expect.

    "It’s also true that no legislation can curb the new sound of the city, one that has less to do with ferry horns, sirens, and garbage trucks and more with the steady buzz of disengaged fellow travelers conversing privately with unseen companions. The moment-to-moment rhythm and melody of the city—walking the streets, riding the trains, sitting at a lunch counter—has been irrevocably transformed by the cellular age, and not for the better."


    "Still, Bloomberg’s noise plan is worth a shot, at least with some modification regarding the larger targets. After all, no one thought Ed Koch’s “pooper scooper” law would stick, but with vigorous enforcement it won out. Perhaps one day covering your ears with a pillow will be as unusual as scraping your shoe clean on the curb."

    Perhaps one day my cell phone case will be as normal as picking up your dog's poop with a little plastic baggy.

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