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The Science of Quieter Cities

Tired of listening to your neighbor's shoes, the garbage truck, and the sound of car traffic? What if you didn't have to?
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Cities sound like cars honking and sirens blaring and trains rumbling underfoot. They sound like the couple fighting on the other side of your kitchen wall and the garbage truck backing up out your window. They sound, generally, chaotic and constantly on. And if you live in one long enough, all of this noise starts to blend into a kind of neutral hum, the urban equivalent of crickets chirping.

For unaccustomed ears, though, the sound of the city can be a big, if invisible, barrier to actually moving to one.