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Hearing birds makes us feel better

Photo credit: David Cossey by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies During the pandemic, I wrote a number of posts on articles that noted how pleased many people were to hear the birds in their neighborhoods, especially residents of New York City who

Get your noise out of my ears

Photo credit: Ketut Subiyanto by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Get your noise out of my ears! That’s the title of a recent Freakonomics Radio podcast which was updated and re-released as pandemic lockdown noise levels have returned to pre-pandemic levels. I read economist Stephen Dubner’s book when it was published in 2005

Introverts struggle with the return to noise, crowds, and “normal life”

Photo credit: Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Until I read Roxanne Roberts’ article about introverts dreading the return to "noise, crowds and small talk of normal life,” I had no reason to remember a paper I co-authored years ago . The paper

Pandemic quiet gave voice to pigeons

Photo credit: Vicky Deshmukh from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition We all know that city dwellers have changed their routines during the pandemic. According to Matthew Rozsa, so have urban pigeons. With more people staying home and fewer cars on the road, cities are less

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