Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Really Salem? Really?

Okay, so I usually try to be pretty upbeat about Salem and all that is available here in our little city, but the last few days I've been feeling a little negative about life and people and everything.

So here goes.

Really? First y'all are scared of the pitfalls of backyard chickens and now you can't stand to have music after 10 pm? I listen to the cars and trucks (yes, the big semi trucks with their grating brakes and all!) every night, all night as they pass my house on the city street that just also happens to be a state highway. I listen to sirens, trains, my neighbors vacuuming at odd hours. I hear crazy people yelling at themselves, people yelling at each other, and people yelling into cell phones as they pass my window. I hear dump trucks and street sweepers. I hear cars in need of new mufflers and motorcycles that don't have mufflers. I hear it all. All hours of the day and the night. Why? Because I CHOOSE TO LIVE IN A CITY!

That's my choice. I could live in the quiet country. I could live out in the suburbs where all I would hear was dogs barking. I could live in a small village where everyone slept on the same schedule. But, I want to be close to things, have the convenience of being central, and be in walking distance of almost everything I need. You don't get lots of people in a small area AND no noise. Sorry.

I would dearly love to hear some loud music late at night instead of the trucks outside my house.


Melina Tomson, MS said...

Salem is really messed up on this one. You can't have mixed use without noise. If people don't want noise, then mixed use areas are not for them.

solarjinx said...

Are you talking about The Space controversy? I went there a few weeks back for a poetry reading and I overheard someone say the owner was fighting city hall over noise complaints. That's about all I know about it.

Rebekah said...

Yes, currently the issue is at The Space, but that is not the only place that has had problems with noise over the years. In general, I think its an issue we need to work on.

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