You save money for a deposit, gird yourself as you plunk it down, and, finally, embrace home ownership. Congratulations! Sadly, a few years later a stretch of highway that had been planned finally opens and your peaceful home becomes a hellhole. As the residents of Feyetteville are learning, there are few options, especially for those who purchased homes in neigborhoods that did not predate the planning for the new stretch of road. Buyer beware.
Read this fascinating piece by Olga Khazan about researchers who found that children who lived on lower floors in a high-rise building near a highway in Manhattan had a harder time distinguishing words than kids living on higher floors and they were worse at reading. Frighteningly, “[t]he relationship between the kids’ scores and floor level was strongest for the kids who had lived in the building the longest.”
Noise is more than an annoyance when it can interfere with learning.