We were really bummed out when our favorite venue stopped having loud, experimental music and noise shows due to nightly complaints by one neighbor, a resident who lived in a nearby building. The club tried all types of soundproofing and even boarded up all of its windows, but in the end, the neighbor won and the club stopped hosting the music we loved.
With that said, we also sympathize. As someone with former landlords who opened a noisy restaurant below our apartment (which was open until 2 a.m. and had an outdoor patio), we empathize with anyone who deals with constant noise pollution. The San Francisco Department of Public Health has recently warned that noise pollution can actually be damaging to our psychological and physical health, putting us at a higher risk for heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, and other stress-related disorders.
But we wonder:
Learn more about San Francisco's noise program here, which includes the list of agencies you should call for different types of noise complaints.
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