Traffic noise disproportionately affects low-income families

Photo credit: Doug Kerr licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition With traffic noise recognized as “one of the worst environmental stressors for humans by the World Health Organization, second only to air pollution,” John Hartig, GreatLakesNow, writes that researchers at the University of

Noise cameras to the rescue?

Photo credit: Dave Dugdale licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition State Senator Andrew Gounardes has introduced state legislation that would increase the fine for modifying vehicle mufflers from $150 to $1,000. Senator Gounardes’ bill would also provide police cars with decibel readers to

NYPD agrees to limit use of LRADs

Photo credit: http://www.peterbergin.com/coppermine/ licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition In an earlier post, I had reported about a court ruling that allowed the plaintiffs in a New York City case, that asked to have long range acoustic devices considered “an excessive force,” to

Real estate company compares noise bylaws of Canadian cities

by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition To allow Canadians to identify less noisy cities, the Canadian real estate marketplace company Zolo examined noise regulations and bylaws centered on vehicle sounds for several populous cities in Canada. The cities chosen: Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Vancouver. Toronto is

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