New York is probably the world's noisiest city. Pollution in general is a very live?
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REPORTER: " Do you think there's danger of too much noise in modern rock music? Do you think it does to the ears?".
DISCOTHEQUE OWNER: " Yes, because I remember when we ran the " Cheetahs " we had big dance halls with loud music. Almost all the boys who were playing in the group .. they were almost all deaf. We were trying to discuss money or conditions and I had to speak terribly loud and they couldn't hear me any more. Almost all of them had lost part of their hearing."
REPORTER: " Do the customers realise this danger or not?"
DISCO OWNER: " The customers, they don't care. They know they are only here for the one hour. They have a lot of fun. They want to be submerged in sound - the young ones especially - and after that they go home, you know. But the poor guys who are behind their guitars, doing it on nights, they are the ones who suffer.
REPORTER: " Do you find the customers complain about the noise? Do they ever ask you to turn it down?"
DISCO OWNER: " Well, the customers who complain about noise don't come into our discotheque. You know, we are rather the opposite. The young ones keep on telling us; "Louder, louder, louder! "
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Background: New York is probably the world's noisiest city. Pollution in general is a very live issue in the Unite States and recently there has been growing concern about "noise pollution" which can make life almost unbearable in some city areas.
In Manhattan the disturbance starts at 5.00 a.m. with the arrival of the garbage trucks. These monstrous vehicles operate two or three at a time along a single block. Once a hotel guest on the 14th floor became so enraged by the noise that he bombarded the dustmen below with bottles.
This noise is officially defined as " Temporary " so it is excluded from the nuisance law. But to those who live in the echoing, concrete canyons of Manhattan it is a daily torture.
Building sites are another source of annoyance. In such places as Emm Street in Washington, where developers have moved in, great square boxes are gradually filling every foot of space. And since 1967 anybody walking down the street between 7.00 a.m. and 5.00. p.m. has had to shout to make himself heard.
Noise has been defined as unnecessary sound but construction noise is the result of socially useful activity and therefore escapes the anti-noise ordinance. The result it acoustic anarchy.
Modern pop music increases the decibel rate. In places like Harlem, record shop owners place loudspeakers on the pavement and broadcast their wares. In discotheques young dancers want to be submerged in sound. The result is that some of the musicians risk deafness.
The noise problem is now so bad that citizens are beginning to form protest groups to force industry, for example, to build quieter construction equipment and to persuade local councils to tighten up on the laws. Action is needed urgently. For United States experts calculate that within 15 years 80 per cent of the population will be living in towns.