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NYC’s public data program shows noise is number one 311 complaint

, Civicist, writes about the New York City Council’s new 311 calls and requests map. The map is one of many that provides visualizes data “to make district information more easily accessible to lawmakers, advocates and the broader public.” The 311 calls map allows the viewer to see how many calls to 311 in the last month were for common complaints.  No surprise, noise is a top complaint, so much so that they offer three categories–noise, noise–residential, and noise-commercial–to further categorize the complaint.

This data project is a good step towards allowing easy access to important information.  Armed with the data, maybe government can finally do something about the most common complaint.

You can’t escape noise pollution, even in our national parks:

Modern Noise Pollution Still Follows Us Around.

The National Parks Service has created two maps: one that tracks noise pollution throughout the United States, and another that maps what the country would sound like without humans and our noise.   And what do the maps show?  Dan Mennitt, the park service researcher behind the maps, states:

There’s nowhere in the lower 48 where you can sit in a national park or any other natural area and not hear aircraft.  There’s no such thing as a noise-free day anywhere.

If you are looking for quiet, Gordon Hempton thinks he may have found the quietest square inch in the U.S.