Each time I encounter a super loud site, I always say to myself that it can’t get any worse than what I just experienced. The record holder for loudest overall site, regardless of time of day, is the Savin Hill community in Dorchester. But that was until this past week, when we found ourselves out in East Boston on Bennington Street at around 10 pm at night.
As you can see from the photo, residences line the street, which sees a pretty heavy traffic volume. However, it’s no match to I-90 about 150 feet away or the MBTA Blue line a little bit further in the distance. And of course, it’s East Boston, so there are the low flying planes. AND, of course, because the universe can be like that sometimes, that stretch of I-90 also has metal plates in the road that make this continuous “da-dump” sound as the vehicles pass over it. It’s constant and it’s loud—even at 10 pm, when I’m pretty sure, these residents are trying to sleep.
At some points during our reading, things got incredible. 90 dB incredible–at 10 pm. To put things into perspective, that’s double the recommendation for nighttime noise as put forth by the WHO. Cites never sleep? Cities never LET you sleep.