Sunday, October 15, 2006

D.C. Neighborhood Wrestles Aircraft Noise

Sunday’s Washington Post carried a story ("In the Palisades, Everything But Clear Skies") about one D.C. neighborhood’s ongoing effort to reduce the effects of aircraft noise.

Residents and a nonprofit group are studying noise patterns of aircraft flying into and out of Washington National Airport. The people are not fighting the airport, but rather working on solutions agreeable to everyone. My only suggestion is that they employ decibel meters to quantify the sound levels instead of using subjective terms like “less loud, normal, and louder.”

Hopefully, such best practices can be applied elsewhere to improve our continuously crowding world.

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