It helps to be deaf when living downtown
The big city is a noisy place, and the closer you are to the downtown core, the louder it is.
I’ve lived along the Scarborough Bluffs for nearly 20 years, which is noisy enough, especially with an elementary school next door, but not as cacophonous as the Riverdale neighbourhood we vacated to move here.
But the difference is still noticeable; one of the things I miss least about the inner city is the endless wails of emergency vehicle sirens. I lived near two different fire stations in my downtown days, and they drove me nuts.
But other traffic sounds can also be maddening, according to readers who chimed in on SeeClickFix about a dump trucks plying the streets and thundering across bumps in the road.
Cameron Miller says that he and others who live in condos near King and Jarvis Sts. are so fed up with the crashing sound of dump trucks in the middle of the night that they’re thinking about moving.
“Six days a week, starting as early as 3.15 a.m., empty dump trucks heading north on Jarvis to pick up fill from construction sites ounce as they hit the uneven pavement at the streetcar tracks on King.
“The noise is simply atrocious as metal hits metal and the box reverberates, jolting many of us awake. The noise re-occurs every 15 to 20 minutes or so from then, and all through the day. It is so loud that pedestrians in the area often wince on hearing it.”
Other readers posted comments to Miller’s complaint that confirmed the headaches and sleeplessness of inner city life.
“It’s enough that we have seriously considered leaving downtown, a neighbourhood we have lived in for the past 10 years,” said Lois.
“The noise levels have become unbearable. Simply put, it’s no longer a place we care to be.”
And there’s no solution, other than to move. The city isn’t getting any smaller or less noisy, while the concentration of condos in the downtown core continues to grow.
Ironically, Miller said the noisy dump trucks are hauling fill from condo construction sites.
If there’s a lesson in this, it is to pick the location of your home carefully. A lot of people think they want to live downtown, until they settle in, sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the city.