Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

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mister.shoes
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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby mister.shoes » April 27th, 2020, 10:48 pm

As a parent of a 5yo and a 2yo I can assure you most of us spent an inordinate amount of time begging our children to keep it down while simultaneously shrinking in embarrassment at some of the things said at high volume.
The problem with being an introvert online is that no one knows you're just hanging out and listening.

schwinnletour
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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby schwinnletour » April 28th, 2020, 8:06 am

A 6' privacy fence on the property line would do wonders in this situation. I highly recommend it (spoken from experience while sitting in a house on a 40' city lot).

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby sdho » April 28th, 2020, 3:54 pm

A 6' privacy fence on the property line would do wonders in this situation. I highly recommend it (spoken from experience while sitting in a house on a 40' city lot).
Do they make much of a difference in deflecting noise? Don't have noisy people near me, but my neighbor does have an AC condenser right by my property line.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby schwinnletour » April 29th, 2020, 9:02 am

Interesting article on hwy sound barriers from 99percentinvisible.org:

"According to metrics by the Department of Transportation, in order to achieve a 5 decibel reduction of noise, a barrier must be built at the line of sight (and hearing) of the average individual. Every additional meter above the line of sight reduces the sound by an additional 1.5 decibels. This works through reducing the amount of sound energy able to pass over the wall via diffraction."

5 decibel reduction is a perceived 50% reduction in noise.

https://99percentinvisible.org/article/ ... ion-noise/

The fence would take care of one being annoyed about seeing the clutter in your neighbors backyard. They say fences make good neighbors.

It seems more calm in my backyard not overlooking the neighbors trampoline and their dog that barks at me no longer bothers me as much as when there was chain link there (self described introvert). Still friendly with the neighbors when I see them out front so there's no love lost.

A duel approach of planting some big shrubs or a ornamental tree would also go a long way at sound dampening.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Mdcastle » April 29th, 2020, 11:35 am

That's a reason single family detached homes are so great. If you're a young family with kids you can have a place for them to play. If you're an old grump like me you can put up a fence between yourself and your neighbor's kids. Or the Millennials that have bonfires until midnight and apparently invite everyone but us, like that owned the house next door before a family with screaming kids moved in. We used to have neighbors that were more quiet, but anticipated that wouldn't last forever so we planted a row of blue spruce and balsam fir trees.

The lady across the street has lived in a three bedroom house alone for probably 10 years after her kid moved out. She's evidently planning to go nowhere because she converted one of the upstairs bedrooms into a laundry room.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Korh » February 22nd, 2021, 1:28 pm

I've driven an almost uncomfortable distance just to get some food from kwik trip once or twice.
Thankfully there's one less than a mile from my work so I usually swing by for lunch (sometimes even by bike) or on my way home. But sometimes when I'm not working or am at home, I have to get creative in reasons why I just happen to be near one.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby uptownbro » February 24th, 2021, 1:47 pm

Kwik trip has very good food for a gas station. I wish the speedway they are rebuilding by me was bought by them.

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Re: Embarrassing Confessions of Urbanists

Postby Didier » February 24th, 2021, 2:43 pm

They also have bagged milk.


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