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Ambient noise in Menlo Park

Original post made by Joe, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park, on Jun 2, 2010

Manhattan, as anyone who has stayed overnight there knows, has its garbage trucks. It's a constant din. The trade-off, of course, is that you're in Manhattan where there are thousands of unfolding stories and interesting people.

Menlo Park is quiet at night, if you don't pay attention too closely, but during the day, it seems that there isn't a block that does not have some kind of gasoline powered gardening tool running. They are everywhere, as is the on-again-off-again impunity of the tool's wielders to tease with the promise of silence the creative writer, the reader, the artist OR WHOEVER NEEDS PEACE OF MIND TO DO HIS WORK!

Menlo Park doesn't have the trade-off of thousands of unfolding stories. If anything, the stories are more or less the same -- well-to-do couple moves in, has kids who go to great schools, works in high tech so they can afford to live here, and aren't home when all the noise is being generated.

What's wrong with dead leaves in a yard? What's wrong with simply raking them up and/or sweeping the street in front of your house with a broom -- as if particles of dirt and leaves on the street in front of one's house matters at all to anyone? Whatever happened to garden shears and their pleasing clack-clack-clack?

I can't afford Manhattan, but I would choose garbage trucks every night all night in a New York minute over this suburban obsession with the absolute cleanliness of one's yard, one's street front, and even the uniform quality of dirt beneath one's shrubberies. Unbelievable.

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Posted by DThomas
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Maybe you could get the police to bust ILLEGALS working without the right to be here.Then you would hear sirens all day.

A violinist friend had one room at his beach place in the Hamptons totally soundproofed in order to practice five hours a day because his wife was being driven crazy by what she called "SQUEAK SQUEAK" all day long.......Paid for the 16 million dollar house.


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