MISC I DEERS

Tucson Sound Ecology Threatened

The Downtown Tucson sound ecology is about to loose a sonic cornerstone: the ubiquitous train whistle.

This sanitization of the sound landscape is part of an overall homogenizing of downtown culture.

With this latest move, the city is now deciding for residents what sounds are "pleasing" rather than use "volume" as an exclusion criteria.

For example: An f-16 jet flying low over a school is okay. A train whistle is not.

If my music is too loud, tell me and I'll turn it down. However, do not tell me what to listen to.

Although still in the planning stages, if approved the so-called "no whistle zone" would be implemented by 2015.

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