Noise Could Doom Sidewalk Café
Architects envisioned one outdoor eatery at the corner of H and 8th Streets NE--directly in the firing line from several groups' amplified loudspeakers.
The buses and pedestrian traffic already create a bustling corner. The amplifiers—with no legal limit on volume for non-commercial speech between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.—will spoil anyone’s appetite. The proprietor of any sidewalk café located in that space would never survive under D.C.’s current noise law.
My theory is bolstered by the results of two amplified experiments in Georgetown and Adams Morgan.