Research Notes: Fenway is definitely not the Fenway of my college years. Virtually every building that shaped my young adult experiences is now gone, save Fenway Park and the rowdy clubs on Landsdowne Street. My current office (The Landmark Building) sits in what once was a huge abandoned building. From what I hear, the demolition of a portion of The Landmark’s parking garage will give way to a super fancy high rise–a sister to the other three that have popped up over the past two years.
The changes in this area, of course, come at a price. For some, it’s higher rents, for almost everyone you talk to, it’s noise–Pile drivers at 7 am (107 dBA); Concerts and baseball games at Fenway park (102 dBA); drunken college student parties (85 dBA); Ambulances on their way to the Longwood Medical Area (103 dBA) and hostile ducks marking their territory (76 dBA) in The Fens.
Name: Karen Wolff
Date: 5/21/2016, 11:00 am
Neighborhood: The Fenway, Boston
On a scale of 1-10 , how loud? 3-4 (but that’s a 3-4 for being in the city, not comparing it to, say, camping in the mountains!
Actual decibel level: 61.7 dBA.
Tell us about the noise in your neighborhood: I abut the park (but not near the basketball courts), and my unit faces east/west so I don’t get much Red Sox noise. The main noise issues stem from students in Sept and May, Fenway Park events and the accompanying helicopter advertising, and traffic.
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