We hear barking dogs can be quite a headache, based on the comments generated by the write-up regarding the new dog barking ordinance.
Yet yapping Yorkies are not the only sounds around town.
While Tucson’s noise levels aren’t anywhere near those of, say, New York City, don’t expect to hear an angel dancing on a pin. As in any city with a population higher than one, Tucson does have its share of cacophony.
A quick and easy noise guide illustrates some of the more common sounds that grace our airwaves.
Traffic is a big one for Tucson, as driving is a way of life. Boom boom mobiles, or autos that blast music so loud the car shakes, produce some of the finer clamor. Other traffic sounds include squealing, sirens and screaming among motorists.
Leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other landscaping and yard equipment are protected under a county code that makes them exempt from being reported as noisemakers. We do wish, however, those that play with such equipment would refrain from their games on Sunday mornings or holidays, like the guy who decided to power wash his driveway on Thanksgiving. P.S. Do leaf blowers have a point other than to simply move trash and debris into the neighbor’s yard?
Helicopter and fighter plane noises can be comforting – or a real clamor. Helicopter sounds are somewhat soothing, as it means authorities are on patrol and maybe even chasing a vagabond through a neighborhood. Fighter plane noises are often not as welcome. Both noisemakers are also protected under the Pima County codes.
Off-road vehicles can be fun – unless we have to listen to them. These, too, have been a headache for many, not only for their noise levels but also for the way some of their drivers can be quite inconsiderate and leave tire tracks on top of young saguaro.
Loud or unruly gatherings are annoying enough to even have their own city noise ordinance (No. 8683). A nice, fat red sticker rewards those who violate the ordinance.
PDAs, or public displays of anger, prove folks don’t need a gathering to be unruly. An irate couple arguing on the sidewalk will do. As annoying as they may be, these angry couples serve a very important purpose. They remind single people why they are single. They remind folks in a relationship to count their blessings.
Coyote howls are a cozy sound – true music to our ears.
What noises annoy you the most?
Which do you find most soothing?
What other noises are common around town?