The City Council will look at how to curb noise in Boston - from screaming jets overhead to screaming, drunken tourists carousing through the North End late at night.
The council agreed with a request from Councilor Althea Garrison (at large) to look at just how bad noise is in Boston and what to do about it.
Garrison cited excessive noise from construction in this booming city as well as blaring music from parties and festivals. She said excessive noise not only damages hearing but causes sleep disturbances and anxiety.
Councilor Lydia Edwards quickly signed onto the hearing proposal, saying two of her three neighborhoods - the North End and East Boston - suffer in particular from loud noise. In the North End, she said, neighbors have to put up with the overflow from "every single concert" at the Garden, as well as roughly 2 million tourists a year, many of whom don't seem to realize anybody actually lives there. "Far too many people are seeing us as a tourist attraction, rather than the neighborhood we are," she said. East Boston, meanwhile, continues to suffer from loud jets using Logan Airport.