Excessive noise

I just called the police to report an extremely noisy street party on Dante, next to the streetcar barn.  I am 3 blocks away and I find it to be extremely irritating, to say the least.  I find that I cannot concentrate on anything, except my irritation.  It sounds like a live shouting dj and a metallic drum machine.  There are people all over the street.  I frankly felt afraid to confront the people in person about the noise.  Sad.

This is the first time I have reported excessive noise in the neighborhood–but it is hardly the first time it has occurred.  Many Sunday afternoons, for some reason, I can hear similar extremely loud rap or hip-hop noise coming from many blocks away, for hours.  I am amazed people living closer don’t complain.  Having loud music in a club is one thing–there is an appropriate time and place for this–but this isn’t it.

I realize that there is a cultural element to my irritation.  I’m white and in my 50s.  I don’t like rap.  I don’t like excessive noise in my neighborhood of any kind.  But I would also be irritated by rock or R&B that was this loud.   I find it rude and totally disrespectful.   Much as I find the idiots (white and black) who drive around with usually filthy rap music blaring so loud it shakes other cars and buildings.

So, am I too thin-skinned?  Should I “respect” the others’ need for this kind of “music”?  Or do you agree?  If you do, call the police when you are as iritated as I am.  Maybe if enough people call they will actually respond.  I doubt if they will tonight.


2 Responses

  1. If it’s too loud, you should call. Black or white, rap or classical…that’s not the point. Leave the race and musical style out of it and you have the answer to your question. Too loud? Call.

  2. There is a house further down on Oak, in the 8600 block, Lake side of st., that often has loud music on a Sat. or Sun. afternoon. Usually it stops by dark, but occasionally longer. Both Danny and I have called about this a time or two. I think it’s part of a “boil” of some kind, a picnic type atmosphere, but they do seem to clean up and turn the volume down by sunset.

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