I’ve been terribly busy these past few weeks. In addition to beginning to analyze both the sound and survey data, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in statistics. However, I have managed to steal away a few hours to continue to do some noise monitoring—even in the freezing cold. Noise does some pretty interesting things in response to meteorology!
I finished up a round of monitoring in the North End recently and found myself regrouping in Portal Park, a green space overlooking none other than Interstate 93! Of course, I had to do a reading because between the insanely loud noise coming from the highway traffic, there were equal amounts of noise coming from a construction project right off of Causeway Street.
I didn’t get a chance to confirm but it looks like this construction project may house some residences. I just simply can’t imagine having a home overlooking the mess that is I-93. It’s a nonstop symphony of super loud cars and trucks that hiss and vibrate as they hurry on to their destinations. And, given North End housing prices, what a price to pay, indeed! There are not enough Mike’s Pastries to convince me that this is a good idea.
So, back to Portal Park. A city green space where, theoretically, one can steal away a few moments to imagine themselves outside of the Boston’s hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, I have some bad news. Portal Park is extremely loud—85 decibels loud with levels over 100 decibels when a tractor trailer going well over the speed limit finds itself traveling over what appears to be a series of major potholes on the Interstate. The resulting noise and vibration literally made my heart skip a beat—just in time for Valentine’s Day. How sweet.